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Alicia Fontnette

Assistant Professor of Africana Studies
University of Delaware
205 Memorial Hall
Newark, DE 19716
302-831-6307
 

Biography

Alicia Fontnette is an assistant professor of Africana Studies at the University of Delaware and a scholar-activist who is dedicated to the freedom and liberation of Black and Brown people throughout the Diaspora. She believes that her responsibility is to help students encounter breakthroughs in thinking and acting in the interest of social justice. 

Dr. Fontnette’s pedagogical practice is rooted in the decolonization and humanization of all her students. In 2012, Dr. Fontnette became a board member for the National Council for Black Studies and currently serves as its membership chairperson. From 2012-2016, Dr. Fontnette held positions in both the African Diaspora and the World Department and English Department at Spelman College. However, it was during her tenure in K-12 that Dr. Fontnette’s instructional practices developed into an art that ensured student success. Students seeing themselves in the curriculum, being a part of the curriculum building process, having a space for their voices, and the grounding of classes in discourse and reflection has proven to be models that Dr. Fontnette believes are a necessity for learning, not only in K-12, but also the collegiate level. In 2021, Dr. Fontnette created Transformative Educational Coaching, L.L.C. to assist college professors with transitioning from a lecture style classroom to one of student dialogue and discourse.  

Research Interests

Dr. Fontnette’s research interests include Black women and their development in America, the impact of Hurricane Katrina on Black women in New Orleans, and the use of Black women’s voices in literature as tools for liberation. More recently, Dr. Fontnette’s research endeavors have focused on freedom and liberatory practices in K-12 education in America and the decolonization of oppressive practices in the classroom.  

Teaching Interests

Black Feminist Theory
Black Women and Development
Black American Literature
The African Novel
Black Women’s History in America

Degrees

Clark Atlanta University, Ph.D. Humanities, Africana Women’s Studies, and English
Clark Atlanta University: M.A. African and African-American Studies
Dillard University: B.A. History/English

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