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Randal L. HepnerRandal L. Hepner

Senior Lecturer
507 McClung Tower
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996-0450

Phone: 865-974-2182
Email: rhepner@utk.edu

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Randal Hepner is a sociologist interested in the comparative study of religion, politics, and social change in the contemporary world. He has conducted research on the globalization of the Rastafarian movement in Jamaica and North America, liberation theology in Latin America, and immigrant religions and civic engagement in the United States. His interests include old and conventional religions as well as new religious movements, cults, sects, and NeoPagan witchcraft. Much of his current research and teaching focuses on the problem of conflict and violence in the major world religions as well as efforts to promote peaceful coexistence among and between religious traditions.

  • Ph.D. Sociology, New School for Social Research, 1998
  • M.A. Sociology, New School for Social Research, 1991
  • Graduate Studies, Philosophy of Religion and Theology, Graduate Theological Union, 1984-1986
  • B.A. Religious Studies, California State University, Long Beach, 1984

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