Heather Barry, Ph.D.

Heather Barry, Ph.D.

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Professor of History

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B.A., History, Pepperdine University, 1995

M.A., History, Pepperdine University, 1997

Ph.D., History, Stony Brook University, 2002


Heather E. Barry, Ph.D., serves as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and  Professor of History at St. Joseph’s University, New York. 

Dr. Barry earned a B.A. and M.A. in History from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, and a Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She has published several works, including her latest on seventeenth-century Quakers, and has taught an array of courses during her tenure, including Women and Gender in American History, African-American History, History of New York State and City, Historiography and Senior Capstone.  

She has been at the University since 2002 and previously served as Associate Provost, Assistant Provost for Strategic Planning and Assessment, Director of the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, and Associate Dean.

She is the author of A ‘Dress Rehearsal’ for Revolution: John Trenchard and Thomas Gordon’s Works in Eighteenth-Century British America. Her current research involves seventeenth-century religious groups in colonial America and her latest published article appeared in Quaker History in 2023 and is titled “The Real Housewives of the Seventeenth-Century Atlantic World: Elizabeth Hooton, Katherine Marbury Scott, Mary Dyer and Cassandra Southwick.” In 2015, her article titled “Naked Quaker Who Were Not So Naked: Seventeenth-Century Quaker Women in the Massachusetts Bay Colony” was published in the Historical Journal of Massachusetts