About

The Digital Atlas of American Religion is a product of the Virtual Center for Spatial Humanities, a collaboration among The Polis Center at Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis (IUPUI), Florida State University, and West Virginia University. The center is a leader in research and development of methods to advance the use of GIS in non-traditional fields, with a specific focus on religion in the Atlantic world.

Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the center created the Digital Atlas of American Religion by expanding the ease and use of the North American Religion Atlas, a web-based GIS site developed by The Polis Center in 2001. The new capabilities of the Digital Atlas of American Religion presents ways for scholars to examine data at varying scales and with multiple dimensions. For studies using data from the US census, voting statistics, or any other spatially-referenced data, the tools permit researchers to group and map categories easily and in new ways or to aggregate data by user-defined classifications. The tools enhance GIS to make maps more complex, more visually dynamic, and more easily interpreted.

Project Team

Project Directors:
David Bodenhamer, Executive Director, The Polis Center at IUPUI
John Corrigan, Department of Religion, Florida State University
Trevor Harris, Department of Geology & Geography, West Virginia University

Researcher:
Jonathan Olson, Florida State University

Project Manager:
Sharon Kandris, The Polis Center at IUPUI

Engineering Team:
Neil Devadasan, The Polis Center at IUPUI
Jay Colbert, The Polis Center at IUPUI
Jim Dowling, The Polis Center at IUPUI
Bob Ferrell, The Polis Center at IUPUI
Gautham Bavandla, The Polis Center at IUPUI
Frank Lafone, West Virginia University