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Who We Are


The Network for New Media, Religion and Digital Culture Studies was established in 2010 through a grant from the Evans/Glasscock Digital Humanities Project at Texas A&M University and brought to fruition with the generous assistance of TAMU's Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture. The goal of this project is to create online resource center for researchers, students and those interested in investigating the intersection of new media, religion and digital culture.

Over the past decade and a half the study of religion online has become a growing field of inquiry. Much attention was given to the novel uses of the internet by religious users and groups, such as those seen in New Religious Movements online where once fringe or secretive religious groups were given a public platform making them more visible. Early research also focused on how mainstream religions, such as Christianity and Islam, were appropriating to new media technologies or critiquing internet use and with a particular focus on the United states and Western Europe. However, as the internet has become increasingly embedded in our everyday lives, researchers from a variety of disciplines have begun to take notice of the rise of religion online and consider the offline implications of online social and religious practices.

The Network for New Media, Religion and Digital Culture Studies is set-up as a space where people can share resources they have found valuable in their research, have themselves written, and learn about the diversity of work being done in a variety of disciplines related to this exciting area of study. The Network provides features that allow you to explore the latest research as well as previous foundational studies to help contextualize your own studies of these topics, help refine your research questions. Members are able to key interactive features, such as the online bibliography, scholar’s index and news section. Together we hope the Network will help to more fully map the current boundaries of this interdisciplinary conversation so we can learn the extent to which new media technologies are affecting religious community, identity and rituals in a globalized society.

An overview of the NMRDC vision and opportunities it seeks to offer can also be found at:

Network Director

Heidi A Campbell, Texas A&M University (USA)

Heidi Campbell is Professor of Communication at Texas A&M University where she teaches in the areas of new media, popular culture and religion. She has a PhD from the University of Edinburgh in Computer-Mediated Communication & Practical Theology. Since the mid-1990s she has studied religion on the Internet and the influence of information communication technologies on religious communities. Her work has appeared in Journal of Computer-mediated Communication, Journal of Media and Religion, Journal of Contemporary Religion, New Media and Society, andThe Information Society and booksReligion Online (Dawson & Cowan, Routledge 2004) and The Blackwell Internet Handbook (Consalvo & Ess, Blackwells 2011). She is author of Exploring Religious Community Online (Peter Lang 2005), When Religion Meets New Media (Routledge 2010), Networked Theology (Baker Academic 2016),co-editor of A Science and Religion Primer (Baker Academic 2009) and editor of Digital Religion: Understanding Religious Practice in New Media World (Routledge, 2013), Playing Games with Religion (Indian Univ Press, 2014) and Digital Judaism (Routledge, 2015) She has been quoted as an expert on religion and the internet in over 100 news outlets including the Houston Chronicle,LA Times, Miami Herald, Wall Street Journal, PBS’s Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, Australian ABC Radio and on the BBC World Service.

Associate Director

Alessandra Vitullo, Sapienza University of Rome (Italy)

Alessandra Vitullo is research fellow at Sapienza University of Rome, where she teaches Sociology of Communication and Sociology of  Migration. She is the scientific coordinator of the Religions and Social Change Lab at Sapienza University. She was a researcher in several universities and research centers, such as Texas A&M University, KU Leuven, Uppsala University, "Bicocca" University of Milan, and the Bruno Kessler Foundation. Her latest book The Religionautes: Studying Homo Religiosus in the Time Of the Web, was published in Italian in 2021.

Assistant Director

Giulia Evolvi, University of Bologna (Italy)

Giulia Evolvi is a Marie Skłodowska Curie fellow at the University of Bologna, Italy, where she conducts the project MERGE on the topic of digital media, Catholic social movements, and gender. During the project, Giulia will also be a visiting scholar at the Center for Media, Religion and Culture (CMRC) at the University of Colorado Boulder, U.S., where she obtained her PhD studying religious blogs. Previously, Giulia also worked as lecturer in Media and Communication at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and as postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Religious Studies (CERES) at Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany, where she established a research area in religion and media.


Advisory Board

Advisory board members support and guide the work of the network by serving a 3 year term.
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