The Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA) strives to democratize access to the best data on religion. Founded as the American Religion Data Archive in 1997 and going online in 1998, the initial archive was targeted at researchers interested in American religion. The targeted audience and the data collection have both greatly expanded since 1998, now including American and international collections and developing features for educators, journalists, religious congregations, and researchers. Data included in the ARDA are submitted by the foremost religion scholars and research centers in the world. Currently housed in the Social Science Research Institute, the College of Liberal Arts, and the Department of Sociology at the Pennsylvania State University, the ARDA is funded by the Lilly Endowment, the John Templeton Foundation, Chapman University and the Pennsylvania State University.

If you know of a data collection that should be included in the Association of Religion Data Archives, please contact us using the addresses or phone number given below. If you would like to submit a data collection, please complete the Submission Form and send the data file, appropriate support material, and a completed submission form (including the authorization form) to our office. Click here for a copy of the submission form in Microsoft Word format.

Citing the ARDA

When using ARDA data in publications and presentations, the author should acknowledge the Association of Religion Data Archives and the original collector(s) of the data (e.g., The data were downloaded from the Association of Religion Data Archives,, and were collected by [name of principal investigator(s)]).

Our staff

Roger Finke, Director

Christopher Bader (Chapman University), Associate Director

Research Team

Gail Johnston Ulmer, Project Manager
Christopher Scheitle, Senior Research Associate
Joseph Baker, Senior Research Associate
Andrew Whitehead, Senior Research Associate

Benjamin Gurrentz, Research Associate
Jennifer McClure, Research Associate
Jose Luis Debora, Research Associate
Dane Mataic, Research Associate

Marketing & Web Development

Ruth Christensen, Web Programmer
Neil Luft, Web Design

Religion Research Hub

Paul Froese (Baylor University), Series Editor, ARDA Guiding Papers Series
William Bainbridge, Series Editor, ARDA/ASREC Working Papers Series
Laurence R. Iannaccone (Chapman University), Series Editor, ARDA/ASREC Working Papers Series

The Learning Center

Kevin Dougherty (Baylor University), Editor of Learning Resources

The Press Room

David Briggs, Editor, Ahead of the Trend

Contact us

Phone: 814-865-6258
Fax: 814-863-7216

The Association of Religion Data Archives
Department of Sociology
The Pennsylvania State University
211 Oswald Tower
University Park, PA 16802-6207