ReligYinz: Mapping Religious Pittsburgh


"ReligYinz: Mapping Religious Pittsburgh" is a digital humanities project that transforms how religion is studied at the University. It is centered around a dynamic online exhibit that showcases the lived experiences of religious communities in the city. Its emphasis is not on doctrine, but on the vernacular aspects of religious life. The exhibit features religious Pittsburgh in all its diversity, and in ways that are as colloquial and unexpected as our second-person plural pronoun. Students at Pitt research local religious communities through course-related assignments and present their findings in a public forum on the site.

Project Directors

Rachel Kranson, Department of Religious Studies, University of Pittsburgh

Ben Gordon, Department of Religious Studies, University of Pittsburgh

Aaron Brenner, University Library, MLIS, University of Pittsburgh Associate University Librarian for Digital Scholarship & Creation

University Partners

Rika Asai, University of Pittsburgh Music Department; Joel Brady, Center for Teaching and Learning; Jessica Fitzpatrick, English Department; Arif Jamal, University Library System; Jeanette Jouili, Religious Studies Department; Paula Kane, Religious Studies Department; Sai Koros, Religious Studies Department; Matthew Lavin, English Department; Chris Lemery, University Library System; Boris Michev, University Library System; Adam Shear, Religious Studies Department; and Alex Taylor, History of Art and Architecture Department.

Community Partners

Brian Cohen, local photographer, and Eric Lidji, Heinz History Center.

Special Recognition

ReligYinz is sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh’s Seed Project Fund, the University of Pittsburgh Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences’ Curricular Innovation Fund, the University of Pittsburgh Religious Studies Department’s Development Fund, and Saint Louis University’s Lived Religion in the Digital Age Research Fellowship.