White's research interests include magnetic phenomena related to data storage and spintronics. He works on spin-current-induced switching of magnetic materials. The 3rd edition of his book, "Quantum Theory of Magnetism" was chosen to be reprinted in China as Vol. 10 in the series "Overseas Distinguished Books in Physics." He served on the Science Advisory Board of the Data Storage Institute in Singapore and on the boards of Silicon Graphics, Zilog, STMicroelectronics, Read-Rite and Ontrack Data.