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.

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 Amish relationship with the environment:
Nature and the Environment in Amish Life book cover
Authors: David McConnell and Marilyn Loveless (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018)