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Alease A. Brown practiced as a litigation attorney in New York City for over 10 years before obtaining her PhD in systematic theology at Stellenbosch University in Cape Town, South Africa. She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Desmond Tutu Centre for Religion and Social Justice at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town. Dr. Brown's research investigates human dignity, violence, and early Christianity through the lenses of Black and Feminist Theology. Her research interests are at the intersection of religion and progressive social movements. She has published in Estudos Teológicos, a Brazilian peer-reviewed Journal, and in Black Theology: An International Journal. Additionally, she has several book chapters in various stages of publication. Dr. Brown travels regularly to present her work at premier religious studies conferences throughout Africa, Europe, and the U.S.

 
 
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Alease is originally from Long Island, New York. While working on her Master’s degree at Duke Divinity School, Alease completed an internship at Central Methodist Mission in Cape Town. She chose to return to South Africa to do doctoral work. Having been based in the centre city of Cape Town for several years, Alease recently completed her PhD in Systematic Theology at Stellenbosch University. Alease is also a Candidate for Ordination in the United Methodist Church in the U.S. She feels called to both the university and the church, and looks forward to a life spent teaching and preaching about the love of Jesus as it relates to issues of race, gender, and human dignity. Alease is single and is the proud aunty of 11 nieces and nephews.

 
 
 
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Dr. Alease Brown is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Desmond Tutu Centre for Religion and Social Justice at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa. Her doctoral dissertation fills the gap in scholarship related to the racialization of “nonviolence” discourse in the Christian tradition. She conducts an analysis of the metaphysics of the will, then examines the will in relation to Black being, and finally interrogates the Christian theological discourse that proscribes the use of physical force during protest, applying the perspective of Blackness. Brown earned a B.A. in African American Studies from Smith College, a J.D. from the Univ. of Pennsylvania, and an M.Div. from Duke Divinity School, all in the U.S. She is a Candidate for Ordination as an Elder in the United Methodist Church, Western North Carolina Conference, and is a lay preacher in South Africa. Brown’s teaching and preaching connects the life, teachings, and love of Jesus to issues of race, gender, and human dignity. Dr Brown has written for international journals, and has delivered talks and presentations in Africa, Europe, and the U.S. She is currently working on her first book.