Chelsea Schields

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Assistant Professor, History
School of Humanities

Ph.D., Graduate Center, City University of New York, 2017, History

Phone: History Department: (949)824-6521

University of California, Irvine
300B Murray Krieger Hall
Mail Code: 3275
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Modern Europe; Caribbean; decolonization; gender and sexuality; race; global history
Research Abstract
I am an historian of modern Europe with a special emphasis on the continent’s entanglements in the wider world. Guided by abiding interest in the afterlives of colonialism and racial slavery, my work highlights the intersections among the histories of sexuality, race and the politics of decolonization in Europe and its former empires.

My current book manuscript, Closer Ties: The Politics of Intimacy after Empire, explores how discussions on sexual and reproductive politics drew together European and Caribbean interlocutors, even as empire ended. A trans-Atlantic history of the Netherlands and its overseas territories in the Caribbean, the book argues that intimacy has served as the premiere site for refashioning postcolonial ties in this commonwealth state.

I am also at work on a new research project that chronicles the emergence and diffusion of social scientific literature on the matrifocal, or mother-centered, household. I ask how post-slavery knowledge centering on race, the family, and sexuality traveled across time, oceans and national contexts to ultimately shape decolonization and social welfare policy in both Europe and the US.

Closer Ties: The Politics of Intimacy after Empire (in progress)

The Routledge Companion to Sexuality and Colonialism. Co-editor with Dagmar Herzog (in progress)

The Political Thought of African Independence: An Anthology of Sources (New York: Hackett Publishing Company, 2017). Assistant editor with Gregory Zucker

Articles & Book Chapters

“Insurgent Intimacies: Sex, Socialism, and Black Power in the Dutch Atlantic,” Radical History Review 136 (forthcoming).

"Eros Against Empire: Visions of Erotic Freedom in Archives of Decolonisation," Journal of Gender Studies/Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies (forthcoming)

"‘Combatting the Sensuality of the Youth’: Youthful Sexuality and the Reformulation of Desire in the 1911 Dutch Vice Laws," Gender & History 31 (2019): 115-131.

“Intimacy and Integration: The Ambivalent Achievement of Marriage Equality in the Dutch Caribbean, 2007-2012,” in eds. Sébastien Chauvin, Peter Clegg and Bruno Cousin, Euro-Caribbean Societies in the 21st Century: Offshore Europe and its Discontents (London: Routledge, 2018).

“‘This is the Soul of Aruba Speaking’: The 1951 Campo Alegre Protest and Insular Identity on Aruba,” New West Indian Guide 90 (2016): 195-224.

“Imperialism (Dutch) (The Antilles and Surinam),” in eds. Immanuel Ness and Zak Cope, The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Imperialism and Anti-Imperialism (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015): 616-622.
Long-term Visiting Fellowship, Max Weber Foundation/German Historical Institute (2019-2020), Mellon Dissertation Fellowship, Council on Library and Information Resources (2015-2016), Dissertation Year Fellowship, CUNY Graduate Center (2014-2016), Junior Research Fellowship, John F. Kennedy Institute, Freie Universität Berlin (2014), Research Praxis Award, Advanced Research Collaborative, CUNY (2013), Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies Research Fellowship, CUNY (2013), Student Archival Research Award in Africana Studies, CUNY (2013)
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