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Christophe Ringer

Christophe D. Ringer serves as Assistant Professor of Theological Ethics and Society at Chicago Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL. He is passionate about understanding the relationship between self, society and the sacred in the pursuit of social justice and human flourishing. He is the author of Necropolitics: The Religious Crisis of U.S. Mass Incarceration that examines the religious meanings that sustain mass incarceration. His research interests include African American religion and cultural studies, social and theological ethics, political philosophy, religion and politics, and political theology.

Ringer’s professional experience also includes a background in community development as well as serving as a counselor at Riverbend Maximum Security Prison (R.M.S.I.) and Behavioral Treatment Providers (BTP).  In addition, Ringer served ten years as pastor of Howard Congregational UCC and was actively involved with numerous campaigns to advance social justice. Recently he’s been active in the campaign to abolish wealth based pre-trial incarceration in Illinois. Ringer is a New Leaders Council Fellow, member of the U.S. Human Rights Network, board member of the Chicago Renewal Society, board president of A Just Harvest, and leadership team member of the Workers Center for Racial Justice. Ringer is married to the wonderful Minister Kimberly Peeler-Ringer.


Achille Mbembe

Achille Mbembe’s work excavates the legacies of colonial reason and violence shaping the powers of death in the world today.