- MA, Modern History and Middle East Studies, University of St. Andrews, 2002
- PhD, History, Columbia University, 2008
Sam White teaches global and environmental history, including courses on food, animals, and climate in history. His research focuses on historical climate changes, particularly the reconstruction and human impacts of the "Little Ice Age." He is the author of various articles and chapters, and the monograph The Climate of Rebellion in the Early Modern Ottoman Empire (Cambridge University Press, 2011), which won the Middle East Studies Association Albert Hourani Prize for the best book in Middle East studies. He is currently working on the influence of climate in the early European exploration and settlement of the Americas.