Susan Trollinger

Susan Trollinger is a professor of English at the University of Dayton (Ohio) where, in addition to teaching a yearlong course that brings together the disciplines of history, religious studies, philosophy, and English to study the history of the West in global culture, she also teaches courses on writing, rhetorical theory, visual rhetoric, and the Amish. Trollinger’s expertise on the Amish grows out of fifteen years researching and writing her first book, Selling the Amish: The Tourism of Nostalgia (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012). That book takes a close look at what Amish Country tourism (especially in eastern Ohio) offers its visitors in the form of outdoor environments, interior décor, merchandise, and so forth.

Her most recent work on the Amish grows out of a second book that she coauthored with William Vance Trollinger, Jr., (professor of history and religious studies, University of Dayton). In that book, Righting America at the Creation Museum: Young Earth Creationism and the Culture Wars (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016), the authors offer a close reading of the Creation Museum (Petersburg, Kentucky), a 75,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility dedicated to the argument that a faithful reading of the book of Genesis obliges true Christians to hold to the notion that the universe was created in six twenty-four-hour days six thousand years ago. She and William Vance Trollinger, Jr., are currently working on an article about the growing enthusiasm that many Old Order Amish have for the Creation Museum (many Amish visit the museum each year) and its particular brand of Protestant fundamentalism.

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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)