Faculty Bio

Christopher White

Faculty Director of Research Development and Associate Professor of Religion

Christopher White received his Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Harvard University, where he studied religion and culture in modern Europe and America. He is particularly interested in religion and science, spirituality and “unchurched” religion, new religious movements, electronic media, and popular culture.  He has published articles on these and other subjects in scholarly journals and edited books, including a recent article in the American Historical Reviewon religious and scientific ways of imagining other worlds, dimensions and universes .  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.  His second book, Other Worlds: Spirituality and the Search for Invisible Dimensions (Harvard University Press, 2018), examines the cultural and religious history of the idea that the universe has hidden dimensions, spaces and worlds.