About Me

Dr. Scott Culpepper

Dr. Scott Culpepper
Professor of History

Phone: (712) 722-6327
Email: scott.culpepper@dordt.edu

I specialize in the fields of Early Modern Europe and the Americas (the Atlantic World) with a particular emphasis on the interaction of politics, religion, and popular culture in human societies. Some of my particular topics of interest include Tudor/Stuart England, the influence of religion in American popular culture,the history and culture of the British Isles, and the history of Christianity. I also enjoy studying historical films and their impact on popular culture.

One of my favorite aspects of teaching at Dordt is the opportunity to teach the Core 140 and 145 courses on western culture and worldviews. My academic interests are wide-ranging, and these courses give me the chance to explore with my students all of the human experience from creation to Cold War. I enjoy probing the tough questions of life with them through critical discussion of controversial issues, rigorous engagement with primary source materials, and active learning through historical simulations.

You never know what you might encounter in my upper-level history classes. Some days students may come to class and learn about history. Other days, students will come to class and live it as we engage in historical simulations that place them in the court of Henry VIII or send them on a mission to negotiate a formal alliance between Brazil and other Latin American nations before their classmates can form their own coalitions.

My current research projects include crafting a transatlantic history of the Puritan and Separatist movements as well as a book on religion in American culture based on the course I teach. I am also working on an article about the portrayal of Mary, Queen of Scots on television and film. You can find some of my articles and other reflections on my blog

Courses Taught

  • Roots of Western Culture and Worldviews (Core 140)
  • Modern Western Culture in Global Context (Core 145)
  • Themes in American History (HIST 202)
  • Latin America (Core 273/HIST 213)
  • Witch Hunts, Wars, and Reformations (HIST 222)
  • Religion in American Culture (HIST 306)
  • Topics in the History of the British Isles (HIST 327)
  • Special Topics: Elizabethan England (HIST 342)
  • Senior History Seminar- United States History Emphasis (HIST 388)
  • Senior History Seminar- World History Emphasis (HIST 389)


  • Ph.D., Religion/Emphasis in Historical and Church-State Studies, Baylor University (2006)
  • M.A., History, Northwestern State University (2000)
  • M.Div., Historical and Theological Studies, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (1999)
  • B.A., History, Louisiana College (1996)