Faculty Profile

Heath Carter, Assistant Professor

College of Arts & Sciences, Room 367


carterProfessor Carter joined the Valparaiso faculty in autumn 2012. A historian of the modern United States, he teaches a variety of courses, ranging from the history of Chicago to American religious history and beyond.  

Professor Carter’s current research focuses on the complicated – and momentous – relationship between capitalism and Christianity in American history. He is particularly interested in questions about how and why American Christians came to be at peace with great economic inequality, as well as about the extent and limits of Christian resistance to capitalism. He is working on three books.  The first, a monograph entitled Union Made: Working People and the Rise of Social Christianity in Chicago, repositions ordinary workers as key players in the emergence of the American Social Gospel.  Union Made will be published by Oxford University Press in 2015.  The other two volumes are edited collections.  Professor Carter is working with two co-editors (Drs. Christopher Cantwell and Janine Giordano Drake) on a book entitled Between the Pew and the Picket Line: Christianity and the Working Class in Industrial America, which will be published by the University of Illinois Press. He is also co-editing (with Dr. Laura Porter) a book on turning points in the history of American evangelicalism, which will be published by William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.     

Professor Carter is married and has three young boys. In his spare time he enjoys reading; exploring new neighborhoods on foot or bike; dominating in Boggle; and making dinner for friends.  


PhD, University of Notre Dame - M.A.- University of Chicago, B.A.,- Georgetown University 

Research Interests

The social and religious history of modern America