Faculty Bio

Christopher White

Faculty Director of Research Development and Associate Professor of Religion

Christopher White is Associate Professor of Religion in America at Vassar College. He received his Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Harvard University, where he studied religion and culture in nineteenth- and twentieth-century America. He is particularly interested in religion and science, spirituality and “unchurched” religion, new religious movements and religion, media and popular culture. He has published articles on these and other subjects in scholarly journals and edited books, including a recent article on religious and scientific ways of imagining other worlds and dimensions in the December 2014 issue of the American Historical Review. His first book, Unsettled Minds: Psychology and the American Search for Spiritual Assurance (California: University of California Press, 2009) examined how modern Europeans and Americans have used psychological and medical insights to fashion new, more scientific ways of testing, analyzing and sometimes even fostering religious trances, visions and experiences. He is currently at work on a new book that examines the cultural and religious history of the idea that the universe has invisible dimensions.