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Martha G. Newman, Chair BUR 529, Mailcode A3700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-7737

Justin Doran

Justin Doran



Justin Doran is a doctroal candidate researching religion in the Americas.  His dissertation follows a network of Pentecostal evangelists as they move through Houston, Texas and onto Liberia, Canada, Colombia, Brazil, and Mexico. More broadly, he is interested in the history of charismatic Christianities, the Oneness branch of Pentecostalism, women in early Pentecostal history, religion in Brazil, televangelism, "prosperity" gospels, spiritual warfare, and the enchantment/disenchantment of modern life. 


Religion in the Americas | Pentecostal History | Latino/a Pentecostal Christianity | Religion in Brazil | Spiritual Warfare | "Prosperity" Gospels | Enchantment/Disenchantment

R S 366 • Hist Pentecostalism Americas

43265 • Spring 2015
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm JES A215A
(also listed as AMS 327, HIS 363K, LAS 366 )
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Since its birth in the Southwestern United States a century ago, the Pentecostal movement has changed the way that Christians—both Protestant and Catholic—understand the everyday role of miracles in a modern, secularized world. This course provides a historical overview of Pentecostal and charismatic Christianity across South, Central, and North America in the twentieth century. Although all readings are in English, the course balances materials and historical cases from Anglo North America with Latin American counterparts, attending especially to Brazil and Mexico. Throughout the course, we will focus on Pentecostalism’s transnational character and learn to critically engage anthropological and historical explanations for the movement’s enduring influence across Christian denominations.



Class participation (20%)

Critical Mapping Assignment (15%)

Two mid-term exams (20% each)

Final paper (7-9 pages, 25%)



Bowler, Kate. Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.

Burdick, John. The Color of Sound: Race, Religion, and Music in Brazil. New York: New York University Press, 2013.

Cox, Harvey. Fire from Heaven: The Rise of Pentecostal Spirituality and the Reshaping of Religion in the Twenty-First Century. Reading, Mass: Addison-Wesley Pub, 1995.

Stoll, David. Is Latin America Turning Protestant?: The Politics of Evangelical Growth. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1990.

Wacker, Grant. Heaven below: Early Pentecostals and American Culture. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 2001.

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