Dr. David Kline is a lecturer on religion, race, and ethnicity in the Americas in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Tennessee. He graduated with his Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Rice University in 2017. His primary areas of research include theory and method in religious studies, religion and race in America, political and contextual theologies, critical theory, and critical race studies. His dissertation, “The Apparatus of Christian Identity: Religious (Auto)Immunity, Political Theology, and the Making of the Racial World,” provides a critical analysis of modern western Christian discourses of race through the theoretical frames of biopolitical thought and critical race theory, and offers a constructive religious/theological framework for resisting white supremacy in the contemporary United States. He is currently in the process of preparing the dissertation into a book manuscript. His first book, co-authored with the CERCL Writing Collective of Rice University's program in African American Religious studies, is Embodiment and Black Religion: Rethinking the Body in African American Religious Experience (Equinox Press, 2017).