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

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

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

Selected Publications

Henri Gooren,  "Pentecostalization and Politics in Paraguay and Chile." Religions 9 (11): 340-354, November 2018

Henri Gooren, "Religious Conversion."  In John L. Jackson Jr., ed., Oxford Bibliographies in Anthropology.  New York:  Oxford University Press, 2016.  Online as of July 27, 2016 at

Patricia Fortuny and Henri Gooren, "Neither Catholics nor Protestants: Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Adventists, and 'La Luz del Mundo'.”  In Virginia Garrard-Burnett, Paul Freston and Stephen C. Dove, eds., The Cambridge History of Religions in Latin America, 690-707.  Cambridge (UK): Cambridge University Press,2016.

Henri Gooren, "Pentecostal Conversion Careers, Generational Effects, and Political Involvement in Latin America. In Martin Lindhardt, ed., New Ways of Being Pentecostal in Latin America, 165-186.  Lanham (MD): Lexington, 2016.

Henri Gooren, ”The Growth and Development of Non-Catholic Churches in Chile." Review of Religious Research 57 (2): 191-218, 2015.

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 America.  Pneuma: 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.

Courses Taught

AN 1111 Culture and Human Nature

AN 3123 Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion

AN 3350 Peoples and Cultures of Mexico and Central America

AN 3381 Anthropological Research Methods

AN 3900 Religious Conversion and Globalization

IS 2500  Perspectives on Latin America