Dr. Elyse Ambrose

Elyse Ambrose, Ph.D. (they/them)* is a blackqueer ethicist, creative, and educator whose research, art, and teaching lie at the intersections of race, sexuality, gender, and spirituality. Ambrose’s forthcoming book, A Living Archive: Embodying a Black Queer Ethics (T&T Clark, Enquiries in Embodiment, Sexuality, and Social Ethics series) offers a construction of a communal-based ethics of sexuality and grounded in blackqueer archive. Their artistic work-in-progress, mycountryboy|what do i know, is a photo-sonic study of Ambrose’s paternal roots that addresses themes of space and place, religion, rejection, blackqueerness, opacity, and healing. Ambrose’s most recent completed photo-sonic exhibition, “Spirit in the Dark Body: Black Queer Expressions of the Im/material,” premiered in November 2019 during the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion at the L Street Fine Arts Gallery (San Diego, CA) and has shown at the House of Mark West (Bronx, NY)— one of the few black queer-owned galleries in the country. Ambrose currently serves as Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Black Study at the University of California, Riverside. Their research has been supported by the Louisville Institute for the Study of American Religion, the Forum for Theological Exploration, Columbia University's Center on African American Religion, Sexual Politics, and Social Justice, the Henry Luce Foundation, the Yale University Sarah Pettit Fund, Auburn Seminary and CrossCurrents Journal. Ambrose’s work and commentary have been featured in the Huffington Post, the Christian Century and their podcast Contemplating Now, Medium, ForHarriet.com, Vice, and CBC Radio One’s Tapestry. Elyse Ambrose resides in California and New York City. They are a proud plant sibling and parakeet parent.

Stories by Dr. Elyse Ambrose
Embodying aesthetic intimacy, an observer takes on the posture of an intimate, as opposed to a consumer.

Aesthetic intimacy shifts us from positions of consumer-consumable into the relational  reciprocity that can shift the way we perceive art and artists.