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Dr. Scott Culpepper

Professor of History

I specialize in the Americas and British Isles with a particular emphasis on the intersections of politics, religions, and popular cultures in the Atlantic World from 1500 to the present. Some of my particular topics of interest include the mutual influence of American popular cultures and American religious groups on one another, religion and politics in American history, the history and cultures of the British Isles, and the history of Christianity. I also enjoy studying various forms of media and their impact on, as well as their use by, religious cultures in the Atlantic World.

One of my favorite aspects of teaching at Dordt is the opportunity to teach the Core 140 and 145 courses on 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 the dawn of time to the 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 a study of American pop culture responses to the emergence of modern Neo-Paganism and "Satanism" from the 1960s to 2016. I'm also beginning work on a study of James Madison's views on religious liberty and freedom of conscience. I write fiction in the thriller genre inspired by my academic pursuits. You can find some of my articles, updates on my writings, information about my courses, and other reflections on my blog, The Imaginative Historian.

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)

Selected Publications