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Elyse Ambrose, Ph.D. (she/her) is a black queer ethicist, creative, and educator. Her research, community praxis, and art lie at the intersections of race, sexuality, gender, and spirituality. Ambrose’s desire for her scholarship to impact and be informed by real lives leads to her integration of theory and practice through phoenixspark, LLC, where she works with individuals toward shaping ethical values and practices related to gender and sexuality.
Her most recent photo-sonic work, entitled “Spirit in the Dark Body: Black Queer Expressions of the Im/material,” premiered in November 2019 at the L Street Fine Arts Gallery (San Diego, CA) and has shown at the House of Mark West— one of the few black queer owned galleries in the country. Ambrose currently serves as Visiting Assistant Professor of Ethical Leadership and Society at Meadville Lombard Theological Seminary (Chicago, IL) as a Louisville Institute Postdoctoral Fellow. Her research has been supported by the Yale University Sarah Pettit Fund, the Forum for Theological Exploration, the Louisville Institute for the Study of American Religion, Columbia University’s Center on African American Religion, Sexual Politics, and Social Justice, the Henry Luce Foundation, Auburn Seminary and CrossCurrents Journal.
Ambrose’s work and commentary has been featured in the Huffington Post, the Christian Century, Medium, ForHarriet, Vice, and CBC Radio One’s Tapestry. She is also the curator and co-host of Black Queer Love, a podcast and social medium exploring relationships, sex, love, pop culture, life, healing, embodiment, and art from a black queer lens.
Elyse Ambrose is a graduate of Howard University (B.B.A, 2007), the Interdenominational Theological Center (M.Div., 2013) and Drew University (Ph.D., 2019). She is a native of New Orleans and currently resides in Chicago and New York City.