Joshua R. Brown is an associate professor of German at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire, where he teaches courses in German language and culture, linguistics, language pedagogy, and Amish culture. He received a B.A. in 2004 from Millersville University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in 2011 in German and linguistics from the Pennsylvania State University. While at Millersville, he was a research assistant at the Center for Pennsylvania German Studies, and while at Penn State, he was curator of the John A. Hostetler Papers and the Gertrude Huntington Papers housed at the University Archives.
Brown is coeditor of The Comprehensive Pennsylvania German Dictionary (Masthof Press, 2004-5) and Pennsylvania Germans: An Interpretive Encyclopedia (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017). With Julia Spicher Kasdorf, he edited new editions of Joseph W. Yoder’s Rosanna of the Amish (Herald Press, 2009) and Fred Lewis Pattee’s The House of the Black Ring (Penn State University Press, 2012). With Douglas Madenford, he is the author of Schwetz mol Deitsch: An Introductory Pennsylvania Dutch Course (Masthof, 2017). He has authored several articles and presented extensively on Pennsylvania Dutch and cultural change among the Amish and Amish-Mennonites. Brown serves on the board of the Friends of the Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Society for German-American Studies, and Transnational German Studies (hosted by H-Net). He is a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).