Heather White

Visiting Assistant Professor
Religious Studies Department
Gender and Queer Studies Program

  • BA, Eastern University, 1997
  • MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary, 2000
  • PhD, Princeton University, 2007

Heather White is a specialist in American religious history with a research focus on sexuality, gender, and twentieth century social movements. Heather teaches courses in gender, feminist and queer studies; queer theory and queer politics; sexuality and the history of religion; and the history and politics of religious freedom.

Heather's first book, Reforming Sodom: Protestants and the Rise of Gay Rights was published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2015. It was featured in Huffington Post, Religion and Politics, theL.A. Review of Books, and Religion Dispatches, and listed in the top ten “best LGBT nonfiction of 2015” by the Bay Area Reporter. Heather also co-edited an anthology (with Gillian Frank and Bethany Moreton), titled Devotions and Desires: Histories of Religion and Sexuality in the Twentieth Century United States. Heather serves on the advisory board of the LGBT Religious Archive Network, and is a steering committee member of the Queer Studies in Religion group of the American Academy of Religion.