Mark W. Dewalt

Mark W. Dewalt is currently a professor of educational research in the College of Education at Winthrop University and is the former Bank of America Endowed Professor. Dewalt grew up in Berks County, Pennsylvania, and earned an undergraduate degree in social sciences from Muhlenberg College and a Ph.D. in educational research from the University of Virginia. He has been studying Amish and Mennonite culture for over 40 years. Mark’s research interests include Amish education, Amish publications, and Amish teachers, as well as vehicular accidents in the Amish community. Mark has visited Amish schools throughout the U.S. and Canada, and he has conversed with numerous Amish teachers, writers, publishers, elders, parents, students, and school board members.

Contact information:
803 323-2115 (office phone)


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 June or July. 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)

The Amish: A Concise Introduction book cover

Author: Steven Nolt (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016)