Martha King

Martha King is an anthropologist and folklorist working on the intersections of health, medicine, religion, faith, genetics, community, practice, and the body. She holds a Ph.D. in anthropology and an M.A. in folklore from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and works as a teaching assistant professor in UNC’s Department of Anthropology. Her research considers the bodily care employed by the Amish and their relationships with biomedicine. She is currently writing a book about the health practices among Amish living in the Lancaster, Pa., area based on original ethnographic research.

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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)