Shortly after the release of the CD-ROM On Common Ground and the creation of, the Pluralism Project began engaging affiliate religion departments, theological schools, and researchers through mini-grants which enabled professors and departments to involve themselves and their students in research on the changing religious life of their own city or region. This work further expanded our geographic reach and extended the impact of the Pluralism Project.

Through the years affiliate grants have supported a wide variety of projects, including films like Valarie Kaur’s Divided We Fall: Americans in the Aftermath and Rachel Antell’s Acting on Faith: Women’s New Religious Activism in America, as well as cities-based research like Dr. Claude F. Jacobs’ long-standing project at the University of Michigan-Dearborn mapping the religious landscape of MetropolitanA Metropolitan is the title given to a bishop, used especially in the Orthodox family of churches today. Detroit. The Pluralism Project has also engaged a small number of teacher affiliates who sought to introduce their middle and high school students to the study of religious diversity of their city.

Below is a select historical list of Pluralism Project affiliates and affiliate projects. Although we are no longer able to offer mini-grants to affiliates, we remain connected to many of researchers from these earlier years. Some, like Dr. Patrice Brodeur, now of the KAICIID Dialogue Centre, continue to engage the Pluralism Project in their new endeavors. To read more about some of these partnerships, click here. To read more about the students who have worked with us throughout our history, click here.


Jared Akama
Developing Local Inter-Faith Capacity in Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding in Kenya
Center for Partnership and Civic Engagement, Nairobi, Kenya

Dr. Vivodh Z.J. Anand
Edison’s Navratri: A Report on Religious Conflict in the Community
Hofstra University, New York, New York

Dr. Vivienne SM. Angeles
Study of Filipino Communities in Philadelphia
La Salle University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Ms. Rachel Antell
Film: Acting on Faith: Women and the New Religious Activism in America
Oakland, California

Dr. Carlos Arboleda Mora
Religious Pluralism in Colombia
Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, El Grupo Religión y Cultura, Medellin, Colombia

Dr. Linda Barnes
Boston Healing Landscape Project
Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts

Dr. Martin Baumann
Religions in the DiasporaA Greek word first used in the Hellenistic period, Diaspora refers to the “dispersion” of Jewish communities living in countries other than Israel. Today, the term Diaspora is also used to describe other religious communities, living apart from their ...: IslamIslam in Arabic literally means “submitting” or “submission.” One who submits or surrenders his or her will to God is called a Muslim. While the whole of God’s creation is described as being inherently Muslim, human beings must choose whether to... and Asian Immigrant Religions in Central Europe
University of Lucerne, Lucerne, Switzerland

Salima Bhimani
Muslim Arts Organizations: The Intersection of Arts, Activism, and Faith
Muslim Women’s Collective, Toronto, Ontario

Dr. Patrice C. Brodeur
Religion, Islam and Pluralism
Université de Montréal, Montréal, Québec

Dr. David G. Bromley
World Religions in Richmond
Religious Studies Program, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia

Mr. Yoni Brook
Film: A Son’s Sacrifice
New York University, New York, New York

Dr. Timothy Cahill
Mapping Religious Diversity in New Orleans
Loyola University, New Orleans, Louisiana

Dr. Stuart Chandler
Western Pennsylvania’s Evolving Religious Pluralism
Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Pennsylvania

Dr. David Damrel
World Religions in Arizona (Metropolitan Phoenix)
Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona

Dr. David Day
Encountering Old Faiths in New Places: Mapping Religious Diversity in the Rochester, New York Area
Monroe Community College, Rochester, New York

Dr. Greg Emery
The Pluralism Project at Ohio University
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

Dr. Steven Emmanuel
Vietnamese BuddhismBuddhism is a multi-hued tradition of life, thought, and practice that has developed from the teaching and practice of Siddhartha Gautama (6th century BCE) who came to be called the Buddha, the awakened one. The three major streams of the tradition—Ther... in Rural Virginia
Virginia Wesleyan College, Virginia Beach, Virginia

Mr. Stephen Epstein
Photography: The Religious Diversity of Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Toronto, Ontario

Kathleen E. Foley
Case Studies of MosqueMasjid (plural masajid) in Arabic means “place of prostration,” or the place where Muslims bow in prayer; in English, this word has become “mosque.” A masjid contains a prayer hall in which there is a mihrab or prayer niche, and a minbar or pulpit... Developments in the US
Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

Dr. Kambiz GhaneaBassiri
Portland Muslims History Project
Reed College, Portland, Oregon

Dr. Yudit K. Greenberg and Dr. Arnold Wettstein
Religious Life in Orlando, Florida (1900-1999)
Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida

Dr. Yvonne Haddad
Muslim Women and the West
Georgetown University, Washington, District of Columbia

Dr. R. Scott Hanson
City of GodsThe term god with a small “g” is used to refer to a deity or class of deities whose power is understood to be circumscribed or localized rather than universal, or to refer to a plurality of deities.: Religious Freedom, Immigration, and Pluralism in Flushing, Queens – New York City, 1945-2001
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Ms. Grove Harris
Religious Diversity in the United States; The Interfaith Movement; PaganismThe term “pagan” (from the Latin paganus) originally meant “peasant” or “country dweller.” For many Pagans, the term suggests a life lived close to the land. Today, nature spirituality is an important thread in contemporary Paganism. Some Paga...
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Dr. John S. Hawley
Hinduism“Hindu” was originally a word given by the Greeks, then the Persians, to the land and peoples beyond the Indus or “Sindhu” River. The term “Hinduism” came into common use only in the 19th century to describe a complex and dynamic pattern of li... Here
Barnard College, Columbia University, New York, New York

Dr. Douglas Hicks
Religion, U.S. Public Life, and the Workplace
Oxford College of Emory University, Oxford, Georgia

Dr. Claude F. Jacobs
Mapping the Religious Landscape of Metropolitan Detroit
The University of Michigan-Dearborn, Dearborn, Michigan

Dr. Pankaj Jain
Studying the Religious and Ecological Practices of the Hindus and Jains in North Texas
University of North Texas, Denton, Texas

Ms. Valarie Kaur
Film: Divided We Fall: Americans in the Aftermath
New Haven, Connecticut

Dr. Evelyn Kirkley
Mapping San Diego’s Religious Diversity
University of San Diego, San Diego, California

Ahmed Krausen
MosquesMasjid (plural masajid) in Arabic means “place of prostration,” or the place where Muslims bow in prayer; in English, this word has become “mosque.” A masjid contains a prayer hall in which there is a mihrab or prayer niche, and a minbar or pulpit... in Europe – People and Architecture: Photography Exhibition
Copenhagen, Denmark

Dr. Gary Laderman
Religious Life and Death in Atlanta’s New Religious Communities
Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

Ms. MaryMary was the mother of Jesus and, as such, has a special place in the affection and devotion of Christians. The Gospels of Luke and Matthew speak of her as a Virgin who conceived Jesus by the grace of the Holy Spirit. Devotion to the Virgin Mary, also cal... Lahaj
The Wedding Planners: A Case Study of Emergent Islamic Social Life in America
Simmons College, Boston, Massachusetts

Dr. Lance D. Laird
Muslims, Medicine, and Healing
Boston Healing Landscape Project
Boston, Massachusetts

Rev. Jonathan D. Lawrence, Ph.D.
Religion in Western New York
Canisius College, Buffalo, New York

Dr. Rita Lester
The Changing Religious Landscape of Lincoln, Nebraska, 2001-2002
Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, Nebraska

Dr. Jeanne Matthews Sommer
Asheville’s Spiritual Odyssey
Warren Wilson College, Asheville, North Carolina

Dr. Kathryn McClymond
Mapping the Religious Landscape of Atlanta, GA
Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia

Dr. Barbara McGraw
Center for Engaged Religious Pluralism and The Prison Religion Project
SaintSaints are human beings whose lives have displayed extraordinary holiness and devotion. As such they become examples for others. Indeed some of the faithful may understand them to be intermediaries and seek their help in time of need. Roman Catholics and ... Mary’s College of California, Moraga, California

Dr. Ellen McLarney
Local Islams
Duke University, Durham, North Carolina

Dr. Michael McNally
Native AmericanEach of the many Native American nations has its own distinctive life-ways, although there are some widely-shared characteristics. most Native life-ways are primarily transmitted through oral traditions; they are oriented toward living in relation to a sp... Religious and Cultural Freedom
Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota

Rev. Dr. Marcia Moret Sietstra
Case studies in the Midwest; Mapping the Religious Landscape of Omaha, NE
Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Dr. Viggo Mortensen
Mapping the Religious Landscape of Aarhus, Denmark
University of Aarhus, Aarhus, Denmark

Dr. Vasudha Narayanan
Profiling Hindu TemplesA Hindu temple will be called a mandir in northern parts of India or a koyil in the south. There are many styles of temples and temple-complexes, but most temples are laid out according to precise dimensions and proportions and erected to be the symbolic ... in Georgia, Florida, and Michigan
University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

Dr. Corrie Norman
Gender, Food, and Meaning: Mapping Religious Diversity in Charlotte, NC
Converse College, Spartanburg, South Carolina

Dr. Paul D. Numrich
The Mosques of Metropolitan Chicago, 2010
Theological Consortium of Greater Columbus, Delaware, Ohio

Dr. David W. Odell-Scott, Dr. Surinder Bhardwaj
Mapping religious communities of post- 1965 immigrants in Northern Ohio
Kent State University, Kent, Ohio

Dr. Eboo Patel
Interfaith Youth Work Conference
Interfaith Youth Core, Chicago, Illinois

Dr. Karen Pechilis
Historical Religions New to the American Context in Northern and Central New Jersey
Drew University and the Newark Project, Madison, New Jersey

Dr. E. Allen Richardson
Gujarati TemplesA temple is a house of worship, a sacred space housing the deity or central symbol of the tradition. The Temple in Jerusalem was the holy place of the Jewish people until its destruction by the Romans in 70 CE; now the term “temple” is used by th. Ref... in Metropolitan Houston; Religious Diversity and the Re-definition of Community in Pennsylvania’s Anthracite Coal Region
Cedar Crest College, Allentown, Pennsylvania

Dr. Russell Rhoads
Contributions of Minority Religious Communities to Western Michigan
Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan

Dr. S. Brent Rodriguez Plate
In God’s House: Religious Landscape of Utica, NY
Hamilton College, Clinton, New York

Ms. Colleen Rost-Banik
Religious Diversity and Civil Society in Maine
Biddeford, Maine

Dr. Omid Safi
Mapping Progressive Muslim Networks
University of North Carolina at ChapelA chapel is a place of worship, smaller than the sanctuary of a church or synagogue, or in an institutional setting such as a college or hospital. Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Dr. Susan Sered
Religion, Health, and Healing Initiative
Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Mr. Pravin K. Shah
JainismThe term Jain or Jaina refers to the tradition of the Jinas, the “victorious ones” who have won spiritual liberation, and to those who follow it. The Jain tradition as we know it dates back some 2500 years to the life of the teacher Mahavira, said to ... Resource Center
Federation of Jain Associations of North America and Jain Study Center of North Carolina, Raleigh, North Carolina

Mr. Dawinder “Dave” S. Sidhu
Post-9/11 Civil Rights of Muslims and SikhsSikhs call their tradition the “Sikh Panth,” meaning the “community (panth) of the disciples of the Guru.” The tradition reveres a lineage of ten Gurus, beginning with Guru Nanak in the 16th century and coming to a clos. with the death of Guru Gob...
Baltimore, MD

Ms. Clare Sisisky
Mauritian Hinduisms“Hindu” was originally a word given by the Greeks, then the Persians, to the land and peoples beyond the Indus or “Sindhu” River. The term “Hinduism” came into common use only in the 19th century to describe a complex and dynamic pattern of li... and Post-Colonial Religious Pluralism in Mauritius
Philips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts

Mr. Kris Snibbe
The Lotus Field: Photographs of Cambodian KhmerKhmer refers to the indigenous people of Cambodia and their language, the official language of Cambodia. TheravadaTheravada, literally “the way of the elders,” was one of the eighteen earliest sub-schools of Buddhism. Today, the term designates the various traditions of Buddhism most prominent in Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia. Although these traditions differ in i... Buddhist Communities in the Boston Area
Arlington, Massachusetts

Dr. Thomas Russell and Dr. Lawrence Snyder
BibleThe Greek term biblia means the “books.” Bible is used in both the Jewish and Christian traditions to refer to the book which gathers together their sacred writings. The Hebrew Bible includes the Torah, the Prophets, and the Writings—a collection re... Belt Religion: Mapping the Religious Landscape of “The Corridor”
Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky

Dr. Shalom D. Staub
Institute for Cultural Partnerships: New American Religious Diversity
Dickinson College, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Dr. Michael Stoltzfus
Pluralism in the “Bible Belt”: Mapping South Georgia’s Changing Religious Landscape
Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Georgia

Dr. Claude Stulting and Dr. Sam Britt
Mapping the Religious Landscape in South Carolina
Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina

Dr. Caroline Suransky and Prof. Henk Manschot
The Promoting Pluralism Knowledge Program
The Kosmopolis Institute of the University of Humanistic Studies in collaboration with the Humanist Institute for Cooperation with Developing Countries (Hivos), Utrecht and The Hague, the Netherlands

Dr. Thomas Tweed
Buddhism in North Carolina Project
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Rev. Dr. Larry Ulrich
Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

Dr. George Wiley
World Religions in Kansas
Baker University, Baldwin City, Kansas

Dr. Duncan Williams
Buddhism in America: Orange County, CA
University of California, Irvine, Irvine, California

Ms. Caroline Wood
Five Faiths Project
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Teacher Affiliates

Bridgette Hajduk
Comparative World Religions
Annie Wright School, Tacoma, Washington

Ronnie Holley
Encountering World Religions in Dallas, Texas
Crandall Independent School District, Crandall, Texas

Eric J. Mayer
Religious Resources of Suburban Philadelphia: Organizations, Sites, and Individuals
Westtown School, Westtown, Pennsylvania

Dr. Ajile A. Rahman
Women in Islam

James Stallman
Helping Adolescents Research and Visit America’s Religious Diversity Program
Washington Middle School, Aurora, Illinois

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