Steven M. Nolt

Steve Nolt (Ph.D., Notre Dame) is professor of history and Anabaptist studies at Elizabethtown College, and senior scholar at the college’s Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies.

The author or coauthor of fourteen books on Amish, Mennonite, and Pennsylvania German history and contemporary life, Nolt is widely recognized for his scholarship on Anabaptist groups across North America. He holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Notre Dame. He also serves as series editor for Young Center Books in Anabaptist and Pietist Studies published by the Johns Hopkins University Press

His Amish-related research has taken him into several dozen settlements across seven states and Ontario, and has focused on settlement formation and history, economic and social change, and the role of technology in Amish life. He has also published articles on topics such as mental health care programs reaching Amish clients and on Amish involvement with international aid organizations. Nolt’s publications include The Amish: A Concise Introduction (2016); A History of the Amish (3rd ed., 2015); The Amish (2013, with Donald Kraybill and Karen Johnson-Weiner); The Amish Way (2010, with Donald Kraybill and David Weaver-Zercher); Amish Grace (2007, with Donald Kraybill and David Weaver-Zercher); Mennonites, Amish, and the American Civil War (2007, with James Lehman); Plain Diversity (2007, with Thomas Meyers); and Amish Enterprise (2004, with Donald Kraybill).

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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)