Mark W. Dewalt is professor emeritus 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.
Dewalt’s research interests include Amish education, Amish publications, and Amish teachers, as well as vehicular accidents in the Amish community. He 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.