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/.

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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)