Heath Carter, Assistant Professor
College of Arts & Sciences, Room 367
teaches a variety of courses, ranging from the history of Chicago to American religious history and
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 revising a book manuscript entitled Union Made:
Working People and the Rise of Social Christianity in Chicago, which repositions ordinary workers as
central actors in the emergence of the Social Gospel. In 2011 a chapter of this larger project, adapted for
publication in the journal American Nineteenth Century History, won a national award for best article
from the Working-Class Studies Association. Both the Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation and the
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation have contributed funding to his research.
Professor Carter is married and has two 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
The social and religious history of modern America