Rachel Stein

Rachel E. Stein is an associate professor of sociology at West Virginia University. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Akron. Her research is focused primarily on community building and solidarity in Old Order Amish communities. Her current projects explore how visiting practices strengthen the Amish community and contribute to its growth. She is also interested in using network analyses to explore changes in the Amish community.

Contact information:
West Virginia University
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
PO Box 6326
Morgantown, WV 26506

About the site

Amish Studies is an academic website developed by the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College to provide reliable information on Amish life and culture. Designed to assist scholars, students and the general public, the site was developed with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Amish population statistics are updated annually in the summer. Other information is updated periodically.

For more in-depth discussion about the Amish:
The Amish book cover

Authors: Donald Kraybill, Karen Johnson-Weiner, and Steven Nolt (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013; paperback, 2018)

Recent books

In partnership with the Johns Hopkins University Press, the Young Center Books in Anabaptist and Pietist Studies publishes innovative and creative scholarship. The latest volume in the series explores the roles and experiences of Amish women:
The Lives of Amish Women book cover
Author: Karen Johnson-Weiner (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2020)