Christopher Driscoll is a PhD candidate within the Religious Studies Department at Rice University, specializing in issues of race, society, culture and religion. After receiving his bachelor’s degree focused in religious studies and anthropology from Texas Christian University, Christopher continued at TCU, enrolling in Brite Divinity School where he obtained the M.T.S. degree with a focus in Black Church Studies. His master’s thesis explored black and womanist theological responses to the problem of redemptive suffering within the black Christian tradition, and he remains interested in understanding the exigencies of social suffering as they play out within and across social fields, cultural spaces and institutions. His current research interests and teaching includes theology and the social, philosophical theology, existential thought, social scientific theories of religion, race, theology and culture, liberation theologies and the interrelationship between religion and oppression. His dissertation seeks to theorize a cohesive white religious theological position operative within the United States historically and today. Christopher is also co-chair and founder of the American Academy of Religion’s “Critical Approaches to Hip Hop and Religion” group.