Chelsea R. Miller is a queer, nonbinary, femme storyteller based in upstate New York. Chelsea is interested in the transformative power of storytelling and its potential to influence social change. In particular, they ask: how can the stories we tell undermine or perpetuate systemic injustice and oppression?
Chelsea graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a B.A. in history and environmental studies, focusing on medieval Mediterranean history and environmental history. Later, they obtained a M.A. from UMass Amherst, where they studied public history, 19–20th century U.S. history, and global history. Chelsea has experience in scholarly publishing, designing art and history exhibitions exploring contemporary social issues, community engagement, and public programming. By day, Chelsea manages communications for the New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault. When they're not at NYSCASA, they're researching, writing, and editing on a freelance basis, or they're participating in local LGBTQ+ activism and advocacy efforts.
Chelsea's writing has appeared in Museums & Social Issues: A Journal of Reflective Discourse and O Say Can You See? Stories from the National Museum of American History. Chelsea curated the digital exhibition The Third Space: Textiles in Material and Visual Culture (2016) and has co-curated several other exhibitions, including BODY [IN/AS] LANDSCAPE (2015) and The Carceral Commonwealth/La mancomunidad carcelaria (2016). Chelsea was also a contributor to the national traveling exhibition States of Incarceration: A National Dialogue of Local Histories, where they examined the history of gendered incarceration in Massachusetts through archival research and oral history interviews with prison justice activists.
Chelsea can be found online at their blog (publichumanist.com) and on Twitter (@publichumanist).