David L. McConnell

David L. McConnell (B.A., Earlham College; M.A. and Ph.D., Stanford University) is a cultural anthropologist who teaches at The College of Wooster in Wooster, OH. His coauthored book (with Charles Hurst) An Amish Paradox: Diversity and Change in the World’s Largest Amish Community (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010) explores the far-reaching social changes created by increasing entanglement with market forces in the Holmes County Settlement. McConnell has also coauthored three articles on the changing face of Amish education, agriculture, and income and wealth distribution.

McConnell’s current research explores Amish ecological perspectives and the complex ways in which the Amish situate themselves within the natural world. A complete biographical profile is available at http://www.wooster.edu/bios/dmcconnell/.

Contact information:
dmcconnell@wooster.edu
330-263-2476

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)