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Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work & Criminal Justice
Oakland University
518 Varner Hall
Rochester, MI 48309-4401 (map)
(248) 370-2420
   fax: (248) 370-4608

Social Work
512 Varner Hall
(248) 370-2371 

Henri Gooren


Associate Professor of Anthropology
524 Varner Hall
(248) 370-2501

Research Interests

Anthropology of religion, conversion models, Pentecostalism, Protestantism, Mormonism, Adventism, and Roman Catholicism in Latin America

Selected Publications

Henri Gooren,  "Anthropology of Religious Conversion." In Lewis R. Rambo and Charles E. Farhadian, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Religious Conversion, 84-116. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.

Seth Bryant, Henri Gooren, Rick Phillips, and David Stewart Jr.,  "Conversion and Retention in Mormonism."  In Lewis R. Rambo and Charles E. Farhadian, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Religious Conversion, 756-785. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.

Henri Gooren, "The Growth and Development of Non-Catholic Churches in Paraguay," in Donald E. Miller, Kimon H. Sargeant, and Richard Flory, eds., Spirit and Power: The Growth and Global Impact of Pentecostalism, 83-98.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.

Henri Gooren. The Catholic Charismatic Renewal in Latin AmericaPneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies 34 (2): 185-207, 2012.

Henri Gooren. Religious Conversion and Disaffiliation: Tracing Patterns of Change in Faith Practices, New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2010.

Henri Gooren. The Pentecostalization of Religion and Society in Latin America, Exchange 39 (4): 355-376, 2010.

Henri Gooren. Ortega for President: The Religious Rebirth of Sandinismo in Nicaragua, European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies 89: 11-27, 2010.

Henri Gooren. "The Mormons of the World: The Meaning of LDS Membership in Central America," in Cardell K. Jacobson, John P. Hoffman, and Tim B. Heaton, eds., Revisiting Thomas F. O'Dea's "The Mormons": Contemporary Perspectives, 362-388.  Salt Lake City, UT: University of Utah Press, 2008.

Henri Gooren. Reassessing Conventional Approaches to Conversion:  Toward a New Synthesis, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 46(3): 337-353, 2007.

Courses Taught

AN 102 Culture and Human Nature
AN 271 Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion
AN 302 Anthropological Research Methods
AN 371 Peoples and Cultures of Mexico and Central America
AN 395 Religious Conversion and Globalization
IS 250  Introduction to Latin America