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Scott Culpepper

Historian / Speaker / Author

Dordt University


Scott Culpepper serves as a historian, speaker, and author of fiction and nonfiction, creatively exploring the history and mystery of the human experience. He holds a PhD from Baylor University and specializes in the history of the Americas and Europe with a particular emphasis on the intersections of politics, religions, and popular cultures. His book Francis Johnson and the English Separatist Influence was published by Mercer University Press in 2011. He has contributed chapters to The Supernatural Revamped and Apocalyptic Chic. His academic and creative pursuits are driven by a desire to help people overcome restrictive cultural, intellectual and religious systems to embrace healthy views of world cultures, the mysteries of faith, themselves, and their fellow humans. He teaches at Dordt University and writes regularly for blogs, including The Twelve, In All Things, and Faith on View.

Curriculum Vitae


Baylor University

Ph.D. in Religion: Historical and Church/State Studies, 2006

Northwestern State University

M.A. in History, 2000

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

M.Div., 1999

Louisiana College

B.A. in History, 1996


Assistant Professor of History

Louisiana College, 2007-2012

Adjunct Professor of Religion

Baylor University, 2005-2007

Graduate Teaching Assistant in Department of Religion

Baylor University, 2002-2005

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of History

Northwestern State University, 1997-1999

Course Taught

  • World Civilization I
  • World Civilization II
  • World Civilization to 1648 (Online course)
  • Western Civilization I
  • Western Civilization II
  • Core 140: The Roots of Western Culture and Worldviews
  • Core 145: Modern Western Culture
  • American History I (Online)
  • American History II (Online and Traditional formats)
  • History of Britain I
  • History of Britain II
  • Elizabethan England
  • Topics in the History of the British Isles
  • Ancient Greece and Rome
  • Medieval Europe
  • Latin America
  • Reformation Europe, 1500-1800
  • Renaissance and Reformation
  • Revolutionary Europe, 1789-1914
  • Contemporary Europe, 1914-1992
  • The French Revolution and Napoleon
  • History and Film
  • The Christian Heritage
  • History of Christianity
  • Religion in American Culture
  • Great Texts Seminar I:  Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance Great Texts
  • Great Texts Seminar II:  Early Modern and Modern Great Texts
  • Senior Research Seminar: American Emphasis

Committees and Institutional Service

  • Humanities Division Chair, Dordt University, 2019 – Present
  • Synod of Dort 400th Anniversary Commemoration Committee, Dordt College, 2018-19
  • Committee on Academic Policies and Procedures. Dordt College, 2013-18
  • Subcommittee on Coordinating Approved Activities (CAPC), Dordt College, 2014-16
  • Spiritual Development Committee, Dordt College, 2013-14, 2015-18
  • Search Committee for Head Football Coach, Dordt College, 2015
  • Iowa Conference on Presidential Politics Program Committee, Dordt College, 2015
  • Professional Technical Education Task Force, Dordt College, 2014-15
  • Graduate Education Committee, Dordt College, 2013-14
  • Faculty Affairs Advisory Committee, Louisiana College, 2010-11
  • Chair of the Who’s Who for University and College Students Selection Committee, 2009-10
  • Department of Religious Studies Faculty Search Committee, Louisiana College, Spring 2010
  • SACS Reaffirmation Committee on Faculty Credentials, Louisiana College, 2009-10
  • Department of History and Political Science Faculty Search Committee, Louisiana College, Spring 2009
  • Student Appeals Committee, Louisiana College, 2008-09
  • Acting Assistant Dean of Students, 2007-08
  • History and Political Science Curriculum Revision Committee, Louisiana College, 2007-08

Professional Organizations

  • American Historical Association
  • American Academy of Religion
  • British Scholar Society
  • Conference on Faith and History
  • Renaissance Society of America