David Kline graduated with his Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Rice University in 2017. His primary areas of research include religion and race in the Americas, critical race studies, and political and contextual Christian thought. His first monograph, Racism and the Weakness of Christian Identity: Religious Autoimmunity (Routledge, 2020) provides a philosophical analysis of western political-theological Christian discourses of race in the modern and contemporary world. He is also co-author of Embodiment and Black Religion: Rethinking the Body in African American Religious Experience (Equinox Press, 2017). A member of the religious studies department since 2017, Dr. Kline teaches courses in American religion and comparative religion and social movements. He also runs the department podcast, “The UTK Religion Podcast Series,” available at https://soundcloud.com/user-856842937.