Heather White

Heather White

Research Scholar and Adjunct Assistant Prfoessor

M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University
M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary
B.A., Eastern University

Heather White is a specialist in American religious history, with a focus on gender and sexuality. Her courses broadly address themes of diversity, pluralism and religious debate in the United States in historical and contemporary context. Her first book, Reforming Sodom: Protestants and the Rise of Gay Rights, investigates a religious history of homosexuality politics from the early 20th century to the rise of the Christian Right. It illuminates the ways that liberal Protestant ideas and practices had a profound influence on both pro-gay and anti-gay sides of what is often perceived as a secular versus religious debate. She is also the co-chair of the Religion and Sexuality program unit of the American Academy of Religion, and has served for the past five years as a core faculty with the Religion and Sexuality Summer Institute, a weeklong program for graduate students held at Vanderbilt Divinity School. In addition, she is developing a new project that investigates the relationships between progressive urban churches and the New Left of the 1960s and 70s. 

Recent Courses
Same, Equal Different: An Introduction to Gender Studies
Religion, Gender and Sexuality
Introduction to the Study of Religion
Islam in America
Evangelical Traditions

Selected Publications
Reforming Sodom: Protestants and the Rise of Gay Rights (forthcoming from the University of North Carolina Press in fall 2015)


“Gay Rites and Religious Rights: New York City’s First Same-Sex Marriage Controversy” in Queer Christianities: Lived Religion in Transgressive Forms, ed. Michael Pettinger, Kathleen Talvacchia, and Mark Larrimore (NYU Press, fall 2014)


"Proclaiming Liberation: The Historical Roots of LGBT Religious Organizing," Nova Religio, 11:4 (March 2008), 102-119.


Contact Information

New College of Florida
Division of Humanities
5800 Bay Shore Road
Sarasota, FL 34243-2197

(941) 487-4289

Office of the Provost
New College of Florida
5800 Bay Shore Road
Sarasota, Florida  34243

Phone: (941) 487-4200
Fax: (941) 487-4201