BA University of California, Davis
MTS Harvard Divinity School
MA, PhD Harvard University
I am interested in religion and science, spirituality and “unchurched” religion in America, the Bahá’í Faith, new religious movements, electronic media and popular culture. My first book, Unsettled Minds: Psychology and the American Search for Spiritual Assurance (California: University of California Press, 2009) examined how modern Europeans and Americans used psychological and medical insights to fashion new, more scientific ways of testing, analyzing and sometimes even fostering religious trances, visions and experiences. My second book, Other Worlds: Spirituality and the Search for Invisible Dimensions (Harvard University Press, 2018), examined the cultural history of the idea that the universe has hidden dimensions, spaces and worlds. I’m interested in Bahá’í history and theology and teach a course for the Wilmette Institute on Bahá’í prayer, fasting and spirituality.
See also vassar.edu/faculty/chwhite/
Bahá’í history, theology and spirituality
The Bahá’í Faith in America
Prayer and meditation in the Bahá’í Faith