Cory Anderson

Cory Anderson is a rural sociologist and geographer whose research focuses exclusively on the plain Anabaptist people. He is cofounder with Joseph Donnermeyer of the Amish & Plain Anabaptist Studies Association and editor of the Journal of Amish and Plain Anabaptist Studies. He has published both in JAPAS and mainline academic journals about the Amish and other plain Anabaptists. Being a professor-scholar who is also a member of an Amish-Mennonite church, he is well positioned to track and investigate the day-to-day cultural dynamics of the plain people. Anderson’s areas of interest include population, settlement, and migration; horse-and-buggy safety; seekers and converts to the plain Anabaptists; the structure and viability of the Amish social system; plain dress; the Beachy Amish-Mennonite religious tradition; and the sub-field of Amish 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)