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Postdoctoral Fellow, Desmond Tutu Centre of Religion and Social Justice, University of the Western Cape, Stellenbosch University

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. 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 has a forthcoming article in Black Theology: An International Journal. Additionally, she has several book chapters in various stages of publication. Brown travels regularly to present her work at premier religious studies conferences throughout Africa, Europe, and the U.S.


  • 2019–present
    Postdoctoral fellow, University of the Western Cape


  • 2019 
    Stellenbosch University, Ph.D.
  • 2015 
    Duke University, M.Div.
  • 1995 
    Univ of Pennsylvania, JD

Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Religion
  • African Studies Association
  • African Studies Association UK
  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • Theological Society of Southern Africa
  • Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians