Andrew Krinks

Postdoctoral Fellow Initiative for Race Research and Justice

Andrew Krinks is a postdoctoral fellow with the Initiative for Race Research and Justice at Vanderbilt Divinity School, where he conducts research on the impacts of police and prisons, facilitates public conversations on abolition and safety, and teaches courses on religion, theology, incarceration, and abolition at local prisons. Outside of the traditional classroom, he facilitates political education in support of social movements against mass criminalization.

As a scholar and writer, Andrew has written for both academic and popular forums on a range of subjects, including political theologies of whiteness, racial justice, and economic democracy; embodied spirituality on Tennessee’s death row; spirituality and abolition; and the religious dimensions of community organizing. His first book, White Property, Black Trespass: The Religion of Mass Criminalization, will be published by NYU Press in 2024. The book develops an account of the criminalization of Black and dispossessed peoples as a religious project that creates, saves, and sustains racial capitalist settler colonial order by exiling those who trespass against it to carceral hell. His current research explores the religiosity and spirituality that animate the movement for a world beyond police and prisons.

In addition to his teaching and scholarly work, as a public researcher, Andrew has co-authored and facilitated multiple collaborative and participatory action studies on criminalization, homelessness, policing, city budgets, school policing and the school-to-prison-pipeline, and the experiences of people caged in prisons, jails, and immigration detention centers during the COVID-19 pandemic. In continuity with his teaching, writing, and public research, Andrew builds movement and organizes with others in Nashville and beyond for a world of abundance and safety beyond carceral institutions.