The Catholic University of America

Joseph M. White, Ph.D., M.L.S.
– Associate Professor of Church History



Joseph M. White, a native and longtime resident of Indianapolis, earned a BA in history at Indiana University, MA at Butler University, and PhD from the University of Notre Dame, with emphasis on the history of U.S. Catholicism. After graduate studies, he was a fellow of Notre Dame’s Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, 1981-1989, working on the Lilly-funded project on the history of U.S. Catholic theological education (seminaries). Subsequently, as an independent scholar, Dr. White produced commissioned histories of Catholic institutions and collaborated in historical projects related to Indianapolis.

In addition to Catholic seminaries, his areas of historical interest include Catholic ethnic groups, dioceses, parishes, religious orders, religious sites, bishops’ leadership, and anti-Catholic movements. Dr. White has served as associate editor of the quarterly journal, U.S. Catholic Historian, since 1986. He has taught part-time at Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis, Marian University (Indianapolis), and St. Meinrad School of Theology.  In recent years, Dr. White earned the M.L.S. degree from Indiana University.  He and wife Rebecca and their three young sons reside in Bowie, Maryland.

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Contact Information

Phone: 202-319-6508
Fax: 202-319-5704

Areas of Expertise

  • American Church History

Latest Publications


TRS 728H Public Catholicism and the US


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