Donald B. Kraybill

Donald B. Kraybill received his Ph.D. in sociology from Temple University. He is Distinguished College Professor and Senior Fellow Emeritus at Elizabethtown College. Internationally recognized for his scholarship on Anabaptist groups, Kraybill is the author or editor of many books and dozens of professional articles. His books include the highly acclaimed Amish Grace (2007, with Steven Nolt and David Weaver-Zercher), The Amish (2013, with Karen Johnson-Weiner and Steve Nolt), and Renegade Amish: Beard Cutting, Hate Crimes, and the Trial of the Bergholz Barbers (2014).

Kraybill’s books have been translated into eight different languages. His research has been featured in various media in the United States and many foreign countries, and he has served as a consultant for various projects related to Amish and other Anabaptist groups. The National Endowment for the Humanities and numerous private foundations have supported his research projects.

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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)