Judson Reid

Judson Reid is a senior extension associate at Cornell University.  In this position, he manages a series of research and education projects throughout New York State on the production of fresh market vegetables. This work has brought him into close contact with Amish, Mennonites, and other groups who have seen dramatic growth in New York over the last decade. He has working relations with the diverse spectrum of plain sects throughout the state, including on-farm participatory research. His interest lies within the intersection of church standards and their role in agriculture and community dynamics.

Reid has conducted educational sessions with farmers in North America, Africa, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia as well as with Old Colony Mennonites in Central America. Reid spent his youth on a northern New York dairy farm and earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Cornell University in agriculture.

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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)