Henri Gooren

Henri Gooren

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Henri Gooren
Associate professor, anthropology
Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work and Criminal Justice

Since joining Oakland University in 2007, Dr. Henri Gooren has kept up a busy schedule. During the past six years, the associate professor of anthropology has published 14 articles, as well as the book, Religious Conversion and Disaffiliation: Tracing Patterns of Change in Faith Practices. Dr. Gooren’s specialties include the anthropology of religion, conversion models, and Pentecostalism, Protestantism, Mormonism and Roman Catholicism in Latin America. 

A recognized leader across campus, Dr. Gooren has served on numerous committees, organized sessions and presented talks at the American Anthropological Association and the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. He is editor of the Religion in the Americas book series for Brill Publishers and has also given talks at OU and at Rochester area events. He helped organize OU’s 2009-2010 College of Arts and Sciences Celebrating the Liberal Arts Theme, “Religion and Society” and has served as the adviser for OU’s anthropology program since 2011. He has also mentored 15 OU students in preparation for graduate school and is currently supervising two outside Ph.D. students.

Along with his research and mentoring activities, Dr. Gooren has taught courses in the anthropology and international studies programs at OU. They include Culture and Human Nature; Magic, Witchcraft and Religion; Anthropological Research Methods; Peoples and Cultures of Mexico and Central America; Religious Conversion and Globalization; and Introduction to Latin America. 

Dr. Gooren earned an OU Research Fellowship and was awarded a $100,000 individual grant from the Pentecostal-Charismatic Research Initiative, which is funded by the John Temple Foundation and administered by the University of Southern California. These awards helped support Dr. Gooren’s research project entitled "The Pentecostalization of Religion and Society in Paraguay and Chile.” The project involved fieldwork research in Asuncion, Paraguay, in the summers of 2010 and 2012, and in Santiago de Chile in 2011.

Dr. Gooren earned a master’s degree and doctorate in anthropology from Utrecht University in the Netherlands.

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