New Orleans, LA USA/ Salvador Bahia, Brazil
PhD in Latin American Studies, Tulane University Expected: May 2024
Concentration: Transnational Insurgent Black Visual Archives
MA in Psychology, New School University New York, NY 2002
Emphasis : Research Methods, Culture and Academic Performance
BA in Educational Psychology, Morehouse College Atlanta, GA 2000
Emphasis: Social Psychology, Education
Fellowships and Awards
2020-2021 Fulbright Research Fellowship Brazil: Insurgent Visual Archives Brazil/USA
2019- 2020 Center For Islam in the Contemporary World Research Fellowship
2018- 2019 David L. Boren Fellowship | Institute of International Education
Monroe Research Fellowship | New Orleans Center For the Gulf South
2017- 2019 Mellon Graduate Program in Community Engaged Scholarship Fellow
Atlantic Archives| Founder 2016- Current
The Atlantic Archives organization assists grassroots groups in Brazil to create independent community archives through international fellowship programs which include technical training and mentorship. After training, Fellows are connected with a diverse transnational network of independent archives, funders, and tourism networks to offer fee-based educational services.
Columnist & Photojournalist | TheHub.news New York, NY 2019- Current
Responsible for writing a weekly column for an international online news magazine.
Interview and photograph noteworthy Brazilian social figures.
Inspired target demographic’s interest in various Global South subjects.
The Hartford Foundation For Public Giving | Strategy Officer 2013-2016
Collaborated with executive leadership to develop organizational learning capacities to strengthen the quality of the foundation's grantmaking in minority communities.
Lead the grant making process for the Foundations first community mini-grant initiative.
Lead the research and collection of the Foundation’s learning assets from past and current grantmaking.
Managed evaluation efforts focusing on educational disparities in the Hartford , CT region.
Designed and managed the Foundation’s internal communication and learning systems.
The Wanderlust Project | Principal and Artist 2011-2014
The Wanderlust Project (TWP) is a self-financed, nine-month expedition through 30 cities in 15 countries with a curriculum promoting “world citizenship education”.
In Central America, South America, and West Africa, I produced documentary photography for several educational and environmental community projects.
Using online video and blogging software I facilitated conversations among community organizers in the Americas and abroad.
Consulted on the creation, organizing, and management of systems for digital learning and activism.
Durham Community Media | Director of Operations 2009-2011
Recruited as Director of Operations for Durham, NC’s first public access tv station.
In the first nine months, I developed a change strategy for community outreach doubling diverse new programming covering civic, youth, and arts topics.
Facilitated the successful two-year contract renewal by the city and county of Durham.
Provided training in video production and editing for local grassroots organizations.
Communities In Schools of Philadelphia | Program Manager 2005- 2008
Recruited after the Philadelphia-based organization experienced a 40% state budget reduction in funds, I was responsible for managing a network of CBOs working towards educational equality for students in K-12 and college.
Designed and conducted action-oriented youth policy research and conducted advocacy training for community-based organizations serving Black and Latino youth and families in the U.S.
Managed annual budget programs and operations (approximately $2.5M/ yr).
Designed and implemented a financial model that collectively saved 250k within one year, allowing the network to serve an additional 250 new families.
Facilitated three annual trainings of 500+ youth workers and 20 additional cross-organizational trainings for local and national partners.
The Children's Defense Fund | Program Administrator 2002 - 2005
This national summer program model provides summer and after-school enrichment that helps children fall in love with reading, increases their self-esteem, and generates more positive attitudes toward learning.
Design and implementation of biannual leadership development training events for 1,000+ college students.
Developed and managed a centralized database of donors, participants, volunteers, and local programs activities and results.
Communicated new policies to diverse constituencies, and used my own institutional experiences to help illustrate what the program investments actually accomplished.
Arquivos do Atlantico (Curator/Producer/Artist)
Salvador da Bahia
“a negotiation of gaze”
La Porte Peinte Centre Pour Les Arts
Artaround the West End
Nenortas Gallery, Hartford, CT USA
Moment of Passage: Journaling Diaspora and Global Citizenship
Artwalk Gallery, Hartford, CT USA
Black Gold: Dark male bodies in Frantz Fanon's infernal circle (An offering to Trayvon)
Beatrice Fox Auerbach Gallery, Hartford, CT USA
Yonda: A reconstruction of his Southern roots
Beatrice Fox Auerbach Gallery, Hartford, CT USA
Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, New York, NY
The Wanderlust of Sed Miles
Lyda Moore Merrick Gallery Durham, NC
Place de l'Indépendance
Ecole Esma Dakar, Senegal
Golden Belt Art Gallery Durham, NC
Building Transnational Insurgent Black Archives
NACLA Report on the Americas, 2022
Sed Miles Lens The Colorful Tradition of Mardi Gras Indians
Fashioning The Self Magazine, 2018
Authentic Cultural Surrealism: A conversation with Sed Miles
A Gathering Together Journal, 2017
Another Name for Home, Photographer Sed Miles
The Well & Often Press, 2012
Dakar, Senegal Art by Sed Miles
Specter Magazine 2012
The Wanderlust Files
WUNC 91.5 The State of Things Show, 2010
Photography By Sed Miles
Artist In Residence, 2016 | La Porte Peinte Centre pour les Arts | France
Artist in Residence, 2011 | Migration Patterns arts Organization | Dakar
Archiving Global Black Lives
Community College of Philadelphia
Art, Activism, and Independent Education
Escolinha Maria Felipa
Salvador Bahia, Brazil 2017