Caroline Brock

Caroline Brock is an assistant teaching professor of applied social sciences at the University of Missouri-Columbia (Mizzou) who is currently on research leave at Ohio State University. Her Amish and Mennonite research focuses on agriculture and connections to health as well as formal and informal education.

In agricultural research, she integrates the socioeconomic and agro-ecological sciences to facilitate farm management decisions and outreach strategies and their implications for multifarious farm systems (e.g., conventional, organic and managed grazing). Most recently, Brock has been looking at dairy herd health management in Plain communities and exploring antibiotic use and natural remedies and possible connections with attitudes towards human healthcare behaviors in Plain communities.

Her education research centers on how to design effective nonformal outreach strategies and formal classroom strategies to enhance diversity and inclusion. In the nonformal classroom setting, she is exploring ways conservation and extension agents can better work with Plain farmers (Amish and Mennonite) on conservation issues and dairy herd management, particularly concerning antibiotic use. Within the formal classroom setting, she has explored ways to teach college courses on the Amish as well as broader issues to incorporate diversity and inclusion into writing assignments, particularly in a large classroom setting.

Brock is the treasurer for the Amish and Plain Anabaptist Studies Association (APASA), which publishes the Journal of Amish and Plain Anabaptist Studies.

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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)