Heath W. Carter

Associate Professor of American Christianity

Heath W. Carter
History & Ecumenics
Religion & Society
110 Hodge Hall

Phone: 609.497.7849

Heath W. Carter is associate professor of American Christianity at Princeton Theological Seminary, where he teaches and writes about the intersection of Christianity and American public life. He earned a BA in English and theology from Georgetown University in 2003, an MA from the University of Chicago Divinity School in 2005, and a PhD in history from the University of Notre Dame in 2012. He came to Princeton from Valparaiso University, where he was on faculty from 2012 to 2019. He spent the 2016–2017 academic year as the William S. Vaughn Visiting Fellow at Vanderbilt University.

He is currently working on a new book entitled On Earth as it is in Heaven: Social Christians and the Fight to End American Inequality (under contract with Oxford University Press), which retells the story of the American social gospel. By the 19th century, some American Christians had come to see participation in fights against structural inequality as essential to their faith. Over the course of roughly 100 years, stretching from 1865 to 1965, these believers—women and men, Catholic and Protestant, black and white and Latinx—cultivated a proud, if fractious, social Christian tradition that transformed not only the churches but also the nation as a whole. This book tells the story of how little-known activists, eminent theologians, radical preachers, and progressive politicians powered faith-filled movements for a more egalitarian United States of America.

Carter is also the co-editor, with Kathryn Gin Lum and Mark Noll, of Eerdmans’s award-winning Library of Religious Biography series.

Curriculum Vitae

Select Publications

  • Union Made: Working People and the Rise of Social Christianity in Chicago (Oxford University Press, 2015).
  • eds. The Pew and the Picket Line: Christianity and the American Working Class (University of Illinois Press, 2016).
  • eds. Turning Points in the History of American Evangelicalism (Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2017).
  • eds. A Documentary History of Religion in America, 4th Ed. (Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2018).

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