Maelia DuBois


Maelia DuBois is currently a Ph.D. student in the Department of History at UC Berkeley. Her first field is Late Modern European History, and her secondary fields are Global Colonial & Imperial History and Reproductive Demography. Maelia’s geographic and temporal specialization is in nineteenth and early twentieth century Germany, with a focus on imperialism, colonialism, women’s history, reproduction, and migration. Her dissertation project examines the politics of reproduction in the German Empire, specifically the intersection of German motherhood ideals, pro-natalism, and expansionist goals in the German overseas colonies from 1884-1918. She analyzes ways in which German motherhood became an ideological battleground for scientific racism and eugenics, allowing women to pay a key role in late nineteenth century imperial expansionism. Maelia has also conducted research on German imperial exploration during the Scramble for Africa, and the role that competition with the British played in German colonial propaganda related to the annexation of Eastern Africa during the 1880s and 1890s.