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John J. White, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Full-Time Faculty

College of Arts and Sciences: History; School of Education and Health Sciences: Teacher Education


Email: John White, Ph.D.
Phone: 937-229-3597
Raymond L. Fitz Hall, Room 680W
Curriculum Vitae: Read CV


  • Ph.D., History, Boston College, 2000
  • M.A., History, Boston College, 1995
  • B.A., History, University of Massachusetts, 1984

Courses Taught

  • EDT 506/306 History of Catholic K-12 Schools in the United States 
  • EDT 323 Historical Literacy and Historical Thinking
  • EDT 324 Education and World Religions
  • EDT 336/536 The Culture of the Catholic School 
  • EDT 435/551 Integrated Social Studies Methods for Adolescence to Young Adult 
  • EDT 429/535 Social Studies for Middle Childhood 
  • EDT 411/519 Social Studies for 4th and 5th Grades 
  • HST 374 Ireland and America 
  • POL 300 Political Issues

Professional Activities

  • American Catholic Historical Association
  • American Conference for Irish Studies
  • American Historical Association
  • National Council for History Education
  • National Council for the Social Studies
  • Ohio Academy of History

Research Interests

  • History of Catholic Education
  • Irish American History
  • Education and Religion
  • History of Curriculum

Selected Publications

White, J. (2013) “A Clash of Culture and Faith: Catholic Education in Boston, 1970-2010.” in Walch, T. and Hunt, T. (eds) Urban Catholic Education: Later Stories of 12 American Cities. New York: Peter Lang, pp. 13-30.

White, J (2012). “The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme in U.S. Catholic High Schools: An Answer to the Church’s Call to Global Solidarity.” Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice, Vol. 15, No. 2, 179-206.

White, J. (2012) “Will Common Academic Standards Make America More Educationally Competitive?” In Lasley, T. (ed.) Standards and Accountability in Schools. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 28-36.

White, J. (2012). “The growth of Catholic independent and unaffiliated schools” in Hunt, T., and Carper, C. (eds.) The Praeger Handbook of Faith-Based Schools in the United States, K-12 Westport, CT: Praeger, 383-390.

White, J. (2012). “The United States Council of Catholic Bishops and K-12 schools” in Hunt, T., and Carper, C. (eds.) The Praeger Handbook of Faith-Based Schools in the United States, K-12 Westport, CT: Praeger, 400-407.

White, J. (2011). “‘The Peaceful and Constructive Battle’: UNESCO, and Education for International Understanding in History and Geography, 1947-1970.” International Journal of Educational Reform 20, 4, pp. 303-321.

White, J. (2010). “Boston: Puritan City Catholicism” in Walch, T., and Hunt, T., eds., Urban Catholic Education: Tales of twelve American cities. South Bend: ACE Press, 89-118.

White, J. (2010). “How The Success of the New History can help us to understand the Failure of the New Social Studies” National Social Science Journal. 34, 2, pp. 179-189.

White, J. (2009). “The New Social Studies and the New History: A Comparative Perspective.” International Journal of Educational Reform. 18, 2, pp. 144-154.