As Assistant Director of the Mittal Institute, Chelsea helps to manage the day-to-day needs of the Institute. She helps with administrative and operational processes for semester programming, conferences and the annual symposium. She works closely with the entire team to oversee fellowship and grant programs, events and the semester seminar series.
Chelsea has a BA in Political Science with Honors from Swarthmore College and an MA in Social Anthropology from SOAS University of London. Before coming to Harvard, Chelsea worked at Tufts University in Global Operations and Emergency Management. Prior to this, she spent nearly a decade of work in programming and risk management with students studying overseas, namely in South Asia. She has led academic and service programs on site in Nepal, Bhutan, and Myanmar. In 2012 and again in 2015-16, she worked for programs in Bhutan that support US university students living in the northern region of Bumthang. She returned to rural Bhutan again in 2018 to organize a new program for US high school and university students.
Over the past five years, she has presented at national and regional conferences on Himalayan Studies and Risk Management, including the inaugural International Association of Bhutan Studies conference at the University of Oxford. She has a longstanding interest in Tibetan Studies and, in 2009, received a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship to study Tibetan language. She is a part-time MPH student in Epidemiology and Biostatistics and has been published in the Harvard Public Health Review on emergency procedures during epidemics.