CHELSEA MIKAEL FRAZIER is a writer, scholar, and educator working at the intersection of Black feminist theory and environmental thought. At Northwestern University, she is a PhD candidate in the Department of African American Studies, a member of the Presidential Society of Fellows, and a fellow in the Science in Human Culture Program. This coming Fall, she’ll be joining the Cornell University Department of English as a Faculty Fellow prior to beginning her tenure-track appointment as an Assistant Professor of African American Literature in the Fall of 2021.

Chelsea is currently at work on her dissertation—an ecocritical study of contemporary Black women artists, writers, and activists. In her analyses, she probes the ways that dominant theoretical and disciplinary frameworks in environmental studies obscure the legibility of what she calls a Black feminist ecoethic as it manifests in Black women’s environmental writing, visual art, and activism across the African diaspora.  

Chelsea received her Bachelor of Arts from the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Barnard College, her Master of Arts from the American Studies program at Purdue University, as well as a Master of Arts from the Department of African American Studies at Northwestern University. Her scholarship, teaching, and public speaking span the fields of Black feminist literature and theory, visual culture, ecocriticism and environmentalism, political theory, science and technology studies, and Afrofuturism.  

Chelsea's work has been generously supported by the Northwestern University Presidential Society of Fellows, the Science in Human Culture program at Northwestern University, the Buffett Institute for Global Studies, the Social Science Research Council, the Alumni Association of Barnard College, the Purdue University Lynn Fellowship, and the Mellon Mays Fellowship program.

photo by  Jae Webb

photo by Jae Webb