Beth Graybill

Beth E. Graybill holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Maryland. She has served visiting professor and adjunct appointments at Franklin and Marshall College and at Dickinson College in gender studies and religious studies, and at Millersville University in sociology/anthropology.  Graybill received the Kreider Fellowship at the Young Center in 2006.  She has published on Plain dress and gender, women’s entrepreneurship, and Amish tourism, using ethnographic methodology.  Graybill’s expertise on Lancaster County Amish tourism grows out of 12 summers working in the tourist industry.  She has been researching topics related to Mennonite and Amish women for the past 20 years.

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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)