Joshua R. Brown

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).

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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.

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 roles and experiences of Amish women:
The Lives of Amish Women book cover
Author: Karen Johnson-Weiner (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2020)