I’m Chel (they/them). I am a survivor-advocate, public historian, and prison abolitionist living and working on occupied and unceded Muh-he-con-neok (Mohican) and Haudenosaunee land, in what is currently called Troy, New York.
By day, I manage communications for the New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault. I serve on the Board of Directors of the Capital District Chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) and the Board-led Subcommittee on Gender Discrimination and Sexual Harassment at the National Council on Public History (NCPH).
I also offer consulting services in the following areas: editorial (including developmental editing, copy editing, and/or proofreading), historical research and writing, conference scheduling, event management, social media, and web development. For additional information, including rates, send me an email.
I have experience as a writer, editor, curator, educator, event manager, and communications coordinator. As an undergraduate student, I pursued coursework in environmental history, history of the medieval Mediterranean and Middle East, and intellectual history, with a minor in environmental studies. Later, I graduated with a Master of Arts in History and a Graduate Certificate in Public History from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. My fields of study included museum studies, public humanities, United States history, and global history.
In my spare time, I enjoy baking; creating and viewing art; engaging in local and online activism centered around survivor justice, racial justice, disability justice, fat liberation, and prison abolition; and spending time with my cat, Luna.
- From #MeToo to Systemic Cultural Change: A Public Historian’s Call to Action
- “What are women’s prisons for?” Gendered states of incarceration and history as an agent for social change
- Reforming Gender and the Carceral State: What Are Women’s Prisons For?
- The Third Space: Textiles in Material and Visual Culture
- BODY [IN/AS] LANDSCAPE
- body/freedom/art: Rethinking disability through art