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Courtney Tepera

Visiting Professor

Address: 4 Glebe Street
Office Hours: MW 2:30-3:30 pm or by appointment
Phone: 843.953.0895

In her own words:

My research interests are the intersection of Protestant Christianity in America, identity, and music. I explore the interconnectedness of musical practices and identity among American Evangelicals by looking at the ways that music is created, appropriated, and consumed by both individuals and religious communities to analyze and interpret the significance of these patterns for the creation and maintenance of religious identity. I am also interested in New Religious Movements, especially those that have formed from Protestant Christianity in America. 

As a teacher, I want my students to understand the beliefs of humanity and the theories we use to understand them, but my ultimate goal is that they gain a deeper appreciation for people. I want them to be able and willing to step into someone else’s assumptions and see the world as they see it, whether they think the assumptions are right or not.  I want them to learn to see their own worldview from an outsider’s perspective and to think critically about their own beliefs and practices. “Attempting to become aware of our assumptions is a puzzling and contradictory task. Very few of us can get very far doing this on our own.” (S.D. Brookfield) I want my classroom to be a community where together we can support each other in becoming engaged and empathetic thinkers, critically reflective about ourselves and our worlds.


2003 - B.S. Statistics, North Carolina State University
2010 - M.A. Intercultural Studies, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
2017 - Ph.D. Religion, Temple University (ABD)

Courses Taught


" Folk-tronica and Evangelical Mysticism: The Recombinatory Music of David*Crowder Band " delivered at the University of Texas Remixing Religion conference in Austin, TX (April 4th - 6th 2014).

“Digital Worship: An Analysis of Church-created Worship Albums,” manuscript in progress

“A Church by Any Other Name: Changing Trends in American Protestant Church Naming Practices,” manuscript in progress

“Heaven in the Real World?:  The Uses and Meanings of ‘Heaven’ in Christian Contemporary Music,” submitted to Doxology: A Journal of Worship.

“Created to Worship: The Practice of Devotional Listening and Christian Contemporary Music,” The Artistic Theologian: Journal of Worship and Ministry Arts. Forthcoming.

“Premillennialism” in End of Days: An Encyclopedia of the Apocalypse, edited by Wendell Johnson. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2017.