Joseph F. Donnermeyer

Joseph F. Donnermeyer is professor emeritus in the Rural Sociology program, which is part of the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University. Although much of his scholarly work focuses on the study of rural crime, he also has a deep interest in social, cultural, and economic change among the Amish. Specifically, his Amish research concerns examination of the demographic dimensions of the Amish, including population growth, settlement expansion, and occupational change. He has cowritten two books about the Amish (A Quiet Moment in Time and Lessons for Living) and about two dozen peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. With his wife, Diane, he has coauthored a children’s book titled An Amish Winter Visit. Until his retirement in June 2014, Donnermeyer annually taught Rural Sociology 5520—Amish Society. Donnermeyer is currently revising the course, which is scheduled to be taught anew in the Spring Semester of 2019.

Donnermeyer received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in sociology from the University of Kentucky (1974 and 1977) and his B.A. degree in sociology from Thomas More College (1971). First employed in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University in 1976, he began his professorial service at The Ohio State University in 1979. He continues as an adjunct professor at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane and at West Virginia Center for Violence Research, West Virginia University (Morgantown). He is the founder/editor of the International Journal of Rural Criminology and cofounder/coeditor of The Journal of Amish and Plain Anabaptist Studies (with Cory Anderson).

Contact information:

614-582-4710 (cell)
614-292-9167 (office)
614-451-9830 (home)

OSU address:
Room 408c, 2021 Coffey Road
Kottman Hall
The Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio 43210

Home address:
4813 Teter Court
Columbus, Ohio 43220

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)