Steven M. Nolt

Steve Nolt (Ph.D., Notre Dame) is professor of history and Anabaptist studies at Elizabethtown College, and interim director 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.

Nolt’s 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.

The Amish population statistics are updated annually in the summer. Other information is updated periodically.

For more in-depth discussion about the Amish:
The Amish book cover

Authors: Donald Kraybill, Karen Johnson-Weiner, and Steven Nolt (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013; paperback, 2018)

Recent books

In partnership with the Johns Hopkins University Press, the Young Center Books in Anabaptist and Pietist Studies publishes innovative and creative scholarship. The latest volume in the series explores the roles and experiences of Amish women:
The Lives of Amish Women book cover
Author: Karen Johnson-Weiner (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2020)