Rafael Cazarín

Rafael Cazarín is Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Sociology of the University of the Basque Country posted at Sonke Gender Justice (South Africa). In 2015, Rafael completed a Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of the Basque Country, Spain, where he had been a faculty member since 2012 with a doctoral grant awarded by the Basque Government. His thesis focused on African Pentecostalism with fieldwork was carried on in Johannesburg and Bilbao. Over the past years, Cazarín  has been a visiting researcher in several research centers: at the African Centre for Migration and Society at Wits University (2013) he was a visiting Ph.D., and member of the research team in the MiWORK research Consortium analyzing migrant workers labor trajectories in Durban and Johannesburg. In 2015 he was a visiting scholar at the International Migration Institute (IMI) at the University of Oxford and collaborated with a book chapter on belonging and integration of migrants in the African Diaspora. In 2016, he received a prize for his Ph.D. accomplishment “cum laude”, awarded by the Department of Science Policy of the Basque Government. Cazarín was also awarded (2018) the Ivan Varga Prize for New Generation Sociologists of Religion by the RC22 Committee of the International Sociological Association and Springer Publishing. Since 2012, he has been a researcher at ISOR-UAB collaborating in several projects supporting the Catalan and the Spanish government with evidence for public policies in cultural diversity and religious pluralism.


2017. Emotions and the spiritual knowledge: navigating (in)stability and (dis)trust in migrant initiated churches. Annual Review of the Sociology of Religion – Pentecostals and the Body
Vol: 8.  Brill

2017 (With Cossa, E.) Spiritual brokers: the role of African pastors in the mediation of migratory processes. Journal: Critical African Studies. Special issue: Vital Stability Special Edition , Routledge

2018. Pentecostalism and a global community of sentiment. Forging African Communities – Mobility, Integration and Belonging. Palgrave and MacMillan. Hampshire, UK.

2018. African pastors and the visual (re)production of a religious culture: the cases of church posters. Etnografica. Special issue:  Etnografica 20 years anniversary.

Areas of interest

Gender, Violence and Masculinities

Sociology of Religion

Collective identities and minorities

Emotions and social transformation


Qualitative methods and techniques in social research, Master in Social Sciences & Undergrad. in Sociology, Dept. of Sociology II, University of the Basque Country, 2014 / 2015/ 2016 / 2017

Sociology of Religion (Masterclass), Undergrad. Dept. of Sociology and Political Science Autonomous University of Barcelona, 2014