Dr. Karen Pechilis, Dr. Wesley Ariarajah, Dr. Dorothy Austin, Dr. Christopher Taylor, Indira Govindan, and Paul Dodenhoff

Dr. Karen Pechilis led a group of researchers in mapping the historical religions new to the American context in northern and central New Jersey. Their work began in 1999 and with an emphasis on communities that had built, or were currently engaged in building, houses of worship. The project focused on Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and Sikhism and explored issues of community and identity in these traditions in the American context. Issues of the continuity with tradition and the challenge to traditional formulations as well as the American context informed the inquiry. A group of six academics at Drew University constituted the core working group for this study, including:

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Drew University
Madison, NJ

Dr. David W. Odell-Scott and Dr. Surinder M. Bhardwaj

Dr. David Odell-Scott and Dr. Surinder Bhardwaj became Pluralism Project affiliates in 1999. Together, Drs. Odell-Scott and Bhardwaj engaged their students in a study of immigrant religious communities in northern Ohio.  Dr. David Odell-Scott is an associate dean at Kent State University and directs the College of Arts and Science's Center for Comparative and Integrated Programs. Dr. Surinder Bhardwaj is professor emeritus in the geography department at Kent State University. Upon Dr. Bhardwaj's retirement, Dr. Odell-Scott was joined in 2013 by Rev. Lauren M. Odell-Scott in the continuation of this project.

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Kent State University
Kent, OH

Dr. Corrie Norman

Dr. Corrie Norman is the associate director of the religious studies program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was formerly an assistant professor of religion at Converse College in North Carolina. During her time at Converse, Dr. Norman became an affiliate of the Pluralism Project and engaged her students in "Gender, Food, and Meaning: Mapping Religious Diversity in Charlotte, NC," a two-part study of religious diversity in the city of Charlotte and of ritual and festival life of new immigrant religious communities.

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University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI

Dr. Gary Laderman

Dr. Gary Laderman is Goodrich C. White professor and chair of the religion department at Emory University. He became a Pluralism Project affiliate in...

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Emory University
Atlanta, GA

Dr. Vasudha Narayanan

Dr. Vasudha Narayanan is distinguished professor of religion at the University of North Florida. She was instrumental in the founding of the Center for the Study of Hindu Traditions at the University of Florida. Dr. Narayanan became a Pluralism Project affiliate in 1998 and profiled Hindu temples in Georgia, Florida, Michigan, and California.

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University of Florida
Gainesville, FL

Dr. Timothy Cahill

Dr. Timothy Cahill is associate professor of Asian religions at Loyola University New Orleans. From 1998-2006, he led a project to map the religious... Read more about Timothy Cahill
Loyola University
New Orleans, LA

Dr. Greg Emery

Dr. Greg Emery served as the Director and a Faculty Member of the Global Leadership Center at Ohio University until spring 2015. He obtained his Ph.D. in...

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Dr. Stuart Chandler

Dr. Stuart Chandler has been researching Western Pennsylvania's evolving religious pluralism as a Pluralism Project Affiliate since 2001. He has established a... Read more about Stuart Chandler
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Indiana, PA