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.

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)