Tryce Prince

Chicago, IL

Meet Tryce Prince

I have worked with numerous churches and church leaders across the country, providing spiritual and organizational guidance on various topics related to intra/inter congregational life. In addition to this work, I've helped lead immersion experiences such as educational summits, spiritual retreats, and communal excursions designed to instruct church leaders on a variety of topics related to race. I have been trained in both quantitative and qualitative research, and trained by leading experts in sub disciplines such as race, religion, inequality, and organizations. In my work with congregations I have gained an intimate understanding of life in religious communities, while my academic training and research experience has provided me with the tools to observe, analyze, and interpret such life from a sociological perspective. Together, these experiences help me bridge the gap between abstract discussions of race and everyday life on the ground in religious communities.

Areas of Expertise

Christian Colleges
Individual 1 on 1 coaching
Other Organizations



Dr. John Mark Davidson, PhD
ChristianWorks for Children - CEO / Executive Director
"Tryce Prince has walked beside me as a resource, guide, and coach. His impressive education and rich experiences make him an excellent sounding board to explore the sociological, philosophical, and theological frameworks undergirding society today. He has blessed me with keen insights and excellent reading recommendations. His calm personality, grounded presence, and authentic sincerity make him an ideal coach for those seeking wisdom and guidance on racial and social justice, peace, and unity."
Jake Jacobson
Executive Minister - Skillman Church of Christ
"Tryce has worked with our church and other local churches in helping to facilitate events, training, education, and coaching on how to pursue reconciliation among black and white congregations. Tryce's knowledge and partnership has been invaluable in helping us to build relationships, encounter our histories, and seek a path forward that is mutually encouraging and beneficial. I have been honored to know Tryce and consider him a leader in the area of racial reconciliation."
Willie Chriesman
Outreach Minister - Homewood Church of Christ
"As a predominantly white church in Birmingham, AL, we were seeking constructive ways to address the issue of racial unity in the church. Through his work with the Carl Spain Center, Tryce was instrumental in helping us coordinate a series of events at our church, culminating with us hosting a Racal Unity Leadership Summit which brought in speakers from across the nation and abroad to help us confront this topic. Tryce brought with him organization, thoughtfulness and wisdom to this work."
Collin Packer
"In 2018, a man was murdered by an off-duty police officer. He was a member in the faith tradition I was pastoring in at the time. Tryce co-led several initiatives that benefitted me personally and churches around our city. He organized a Racial Unity Leadership Summit, participated in our area justice gatherings, and supported the mans family during the trial. Tryce is a friend and leader I'm grateful to have. He used his expertise to lead us well!"
Douglas Foster
Scholar in Residence, Professor of Church History - Abilene Christian University Graduate School Of Theology
"Tryce served as Executive Assistant to the Carl Spain Center on Race Studies and Spiritual Action at ACU and coordinated the Abilene Community Remembrance Project in partnership with the Equal Justice Initiative; documenting a racial terror lynching. He now serves on a team writing a history of race and racism at ACU. He is a person of skill and integrity and will be an excellent coach and mentor for others."

Work Experience

Research Assistant
Black Studies Department, UIC - Chicago, Illinois
May 2022 - Current
Work alongside Dr. Terrion Williamson, founding director of the Black Midwest Initiative, in ongoing work related to BMI.
Research Consultant
University of Notre Dame - South Bend, Indiana
May 2022 - Current
Consulting on research projects led by Dr. Christian Smith and Dr. Kraig Beyerlein of the University of Notre Dame and its affiliated Center of the Study of Religion and Society.
Research Consultant
Carl Spain Center on Race Studies and Spiritual Action - Abilene, Texas
August 2020 - Current
Principal Investigator and a lead author for a project documenting the history of race and racism at ACU.
Research Assistant
Sociology Department, UIC - Chicago, Illinois
August 2020 - Current
Working alongside Dr. Michael O. Emerson in various research projects.
Executive Assistant
Carl Spain Center on Race Studies and Spiritual Action - Abilene, Texas
May 2018 - August 2020
Worked alongside Dr. Jerry Taylor, founding Director, in the founding and subsequent initiatives led by the Carl Spain Center.


Doctorate - Sociology
University of Illinois-Chicago - Chicago, Illinois
May 2022 - Current
Masters - Sociology
University of Illinois-Chicago - Chicago, Illinois
August 2020 - Current
Bachelors - Sociology
Abilene Christian University - Abilene, Texas
January 2015 - Current


A Hound of Hell

Article on the topic of hatred in the Black Christian experience.
Breaking White Supremacy’s Grip

Article on the topic of love in the Black Christian experience.
Black Freedom in Christ

Article on the topic of freedom in the Black Christian experience.
Building Intentional Solidarity

Article on the topic of solidarity in the Black Christian experience.
Religion and Race: A Double-Edged Sword

Forthcoming chapter in "Religion Matters: What Sociology Teaches Us About Religion In Our World," co-authored with my colleague Isaiah Jeong.
How Race, Religion, and Morality Shape Social Hierarchy in Predominantly White Religious Space

Multiple papers informed by data from a 2021 survey of over 1,000 respondents who identify as Protestant or Catholic. Currently under departmental review and accepted to be presented at the 2022 annual meetings of the American Sociological Association and the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion.
Dissertation Data

Currently conducting an ethnographic study of the Black Christian experience in predominantly White churches in Chicagoland.