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 as part of a collaborative research grant on Amish diversity and identity in the 20th century. The research team included principal investigator Donald B. Kraybill of Elizabethtown College (Pa.) and two co-investigators, Steven M. Nolt of Goshen College (Ind.) and Karen M. Johnson-Weiner of SUNY Potsdam (New York).

The Amish population statistics are updated annually in the summer. Other information will be revised and added on a periodic basis.

Recent books

The Amish book cover Authors: Donald Kraybill, Karen Johnson-Weiner, and Steven Nolt (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013; paperback available in January 2018)

The Amish: A Concise Introduction book cover

Author: Steven Nolt (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016)