annalise fonza, Ph.D.
Since the late 1990s, annalise (small case is intentional) has devoted her life to teaching, writing and lecturing. She is a skilled analyst and a critical thinker, particularly as it pertains to the redevelopment and development of predominantly black neighborhoods and communities. Her numerous teaching experiences include appointments at the University of Missouri Kansas City, Clark Atlanta University, Georgia State University, Claflin University, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Worcester State University, Mount Holyoke College, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and, Parkland Community College.
Presently, Dr. Fonza resides in the Kansas City, Missouri metropolitan area, and she teaches in local public schools and beyond. She is formerly a local community radio host and organizer, a legislative/political aide, and a United Methodist (UMC) clergywoman. She is quite capable, and known, for her versatility, yet she remains engaged in the communities and neighborhoods where she lives. Currently, she is the owner of AM Consulting, LLC.
In 2010, she graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a Ph.D. in Regional Planning. Her other degrees include: a Master of Public Administration, a Master of Divinity, and a Master of Urban & Regional Planning. In 1990, she graduated from Clark Atlanta University with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science. In addition, she is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (’87 Sigma Chapter), and she holds the title of being the very first Miss Clark Atlanta University (89-90). As a UMC clergywoman, she held pastoral appointments in Missouri, Illinois and Massachusetts, yet, in 2003, she voluntarily and officially returned her ordination papers or “credential” to her annual UMC conference. Today, she is openly atheist and unapologetically womanist.
In Novemer 2019, Dr, Fonza self-published her first book on rebuilding black communities, a book that she refers to as a womanist planning proposal; and, she has published in academic journals and beyond. At conferences and workshops she presents on matters of race, religion, gender, sexuality, relationship, urban governance and community (including neighborhood) development. She is a contributor to You Are Not Alone: Black Nones, an anthology of deconversion stories by black nonbelievers, which is edited and published by Darrell C. Smith (www.blacknones.com); she is certified as a Humanist Celebrant by the American Humanist Society (located in Washington, D.C.); and, you can find her on Twitter @breatheandpush. In 2014, she was one of four ex-clergy featured in a video documentary: A Path Less Taken: From Ministry to Non-Belief and Beyond, which was filmed, edited and produced by Dr. Jim Lawrence and is available for rent or purchase on Amazon.
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