Heath Carter

Associate Professor of History

Arts and Science Building 367


  • B.A. – Georgetown University (Theology and English), magna cum laude
  • M.A. – University of Chicago Divinity School (American religious history)
  • M.A. – University of Notre Dame (American history)
  • Ph.D. – University of Notre Dame (American history)

Courses Taught

  • The United States: Empire of Liberty?
  • American Utopias
  • The Long Civil Rights Movement
  • The Social Gospel in American Life
  • Hip Hop America
  • History of Chicago
  • Religion in American History
  • Age of Anxiety: United States from 1945-Present
  • Hands on History: Civil Rights in Our Backyard
  • The American Revolution
  • Capstone Research Seminar
  • Public History Workshop (independent study)
  • Core: The Human Experience

Scholarly Contributions


Professor Carter joined the Valparaiso faculty in autumn 2012. He teaches a variety of courses on the modern United States and writes about the intersection of Christianity, politics, and reform in American history.

He is also an active member of the Valparaiso community.  In December 2015, Mayor Jon Costas appointed him chair of the city’s Human Relations Council.  In addition, Professor Carter is on the boards of both Project Neighbors and the Northwest Indiana African American Alliance.


Histories of Christianity, capitalism, race, and reform in modern United States history.



  • American Historical Association
  • Organization of American Historians
  • American Society of Church History
  • Labor and Working-Class History Association
  • Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era
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