We have been involved in a number of projects that study the relation of space to religion. In 2001, we established the North American Religion Atlas (NARA) as one of the first web-based GIS sites for the humanities. NARA contains county-level data on religions and adherence, and these data constitute the largest set of adherence data available for American religion. NARA has been used by numerous researchers and in a significant number of university and seminary courses. In 2010, we received a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant to expand NARA into the Digital Atlas of American Religion (DAAR) and develop new tools to enhance the use of spatial data in the humanities.
Religion by Region, one of our signature projects, explores how religion shapes and is being shaped by regional culture in America. It extends the data and capabilities of DAAR’s interactive mapping tools to support the research needs of a specific set of religion scholars who study religion in the US within a regional context. The results are co-published in a nine-volume series.