Hailing from the Peach state or the blueberry state depending on who you ask, Chelsea resides outside of Atlanta, GA with her husband Gabriel and four daughters, Aaliyah, Arianna, Alexandria, and Amirah. She is pursuing her M.F.A. in Documentary Expression. Chelsea graduated with honors from Ole Miss where she received an M.A. in Southern Studies choosing to focus on documentary photography. She received a B.A from Presbyterian College where she majored in Political Science and double-minored in English with an Emphasis in Creative Writing and Southern Studies, while being a NCAA D-1 athlete, playing women’s basketball. Her Southern upbringing and experiences have impacted her research, which focuses on Southern identity, tragedy, African-American communities, and documentary photography.

Areas of Focus: Documentary photography, family/cultural histories, violence/tragedy, civil rights