Cleve V. Tinsley IV

Cleve V. Tinsley IVĀ earned his Ph.D. in Rice University's department of religion in August 2019. His dissertation, "Making Black Lives Matter: Race and Religion in Struggles for African-American Identity," explores the relationship between religion and ongoing black freedom struggles in the US. In it, he argues that understanding the sociological significance and meaning of African-American religious struggle requires more extensive research strategies given the complex nature of religious meaning-making in the lives of African Americans today. Cleve currently works as a visiting research fellow with the RPLP while also working on his first manuscript based on his thesis.