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Roberta R. King

Senior Professor of Communication and Ethnomusicology

As senior faculty at Fuller, this professor primarily mentors students and only occasionally, if ever, teaches courses.

BA, University of California, Santa BarbaraMMus, University of OregonMA, PhD, Fuller Theological SeminarySuperior Certificate in the French Language and Civilization, Sorbonne University, France

Courses Taught

IS501: Practice of Worship and PrayerME506: Communicating the Gospel Cross-CulturallyME510: Christian Communication through MusicME513: Global Christian WorshipME515: Communicating Christ through Storytelling and SongME518: Exegeting Musical CultureME519:

Campus Affiliations

Brehm Center for Worship, Theology, and the Arts

Areas of Expertise

Christian ethnomusicology in mission, worship, church music, intercultural communication, qualitative research, spirituality and mission, African music, music and peace-building studies, orality

“Music events provide a safe space and liminal moments for people who have been enemies to find something in common. As the music proceeds into this affective emotional space, you get new synapses, and you start to see your enemy as your neighbor.”


Dr. King joins a variety of voices from the Fuller community to reflect on the topic of interfaith dialogue, available here.


Roberta King is Senior professor of communication and ethnomusicology. Since coming to Fuller in 2000, she has served as All-Seminary Chapel director and developed a new curriculum for “Ethnomusicology in Mission” at the MA level—renamed Global Christian

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