Steven M. Nolt

History and Political Science Department
Goshen College, 1700 South Main Street, Goshen, IN  46526

Office: Wyse Hall 312
Telephone: 574-535-7460
Facsimile: 574-535-7457 (attn: Steve Nolt)
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PhD        1998        University of Notre Dame
MA         1996        University of Notre Dame
MATS      1994        Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary
BA          1990        Goshen College

Academic Appointments
Professor of History, Goshen College, 2007-present
Chair, History and Political Science Department, 2005-present
Assistant and Associate Professor of History, Goshen College, 1999-2007
Visiting Assistant Professor of History, University of Notre Dame, 1998-1999
Fellow, Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies, Elizabethtown College, Spring 1997

The Amish Way: Patient Faith in a Perilous World, with Donald B. Kraybill and David Weaver-Zercher. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2010. Pp. 268.

Through Fire and Water: An Overview of Mennonite History, Rev. ed. with Harry Loewen.  Scottdale, Pa.: Herald Press, 2010. Pp. 335.  First edition, 1996.

Mennonites, Amish, and the American Civil War, with James O. Lehman. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007. Pp. 368.

Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy, with Donald B. Kraybill and David Weaver-Zercher. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2007. Pp. 236.

Plain Diversity: Amish Cultures and Identities, with Thomas J. Meyers. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007. Pp. 256.

An Amish Patchwork: Indiana’s Old Orders in the Modern World, with Thomas J. Meyers. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2005. Pp. 192.

Amish Enterprise: From Plows to Profits, 2nd ed., with Donald B. Kraybill. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004. Pp. 286. First edition, 1995. Named a Choice “Outstanding Academic Book.”

A History of the Amish, Rev. ed. Intercourse, Pa.: Good Books, 2003. Pp. 380. First edition, 1992.

Foreigners in Their Own Land: Pennsylvania Germans in the Early Republic. University Park, Pa.: Penn State University Press, 2002. Pp. 238.

Amish Micro-Enterprises: Models for Rural Development, with Stephen M. Smith, et al. University Park, Pa.: Pennsylvania State University College of Agricultural Sciences, 1994.  Pp. 110.

Selected chapters, journal articles, and other publications
“MCC’s Relationship with ‘Plain’ Anabaptists in Historical Perspective,” in A Table of Sharing: Mennonite Central Committee and the Expanding Networks of Mennonite Identity, ed. by Alain Epp-Weaver, 135-66. Telford, Pa.: Cascadia Publishing House, 2011.

“Amish Enterprise: The Collective Power of Ethnic Entrepreneurship,” with Donald B. Kraybill and Erik J. Wesner, Global Business and Economics Review, 12:1/2 (2010), 3-20.

“Who Are the Real Amish? Rethinking Diversity and Identity among a Separate People,” The Mennonite Quarterly Review 82 (July 2008), 377-94.

“Inscribing Community: The Budget and Die Botschaft in Amish Life,” in The Amish and the Media, ed. by Diane Zimmerman Umble and David Weaver-Zercher, 181-98.  Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008.

Introductory essay, with Thomas J. Meyers, in Darryl D. Jones, Amish Life: Living Plainly and Serving God.  Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2005.

“Mennonite Identity and the Writing on the ‘New Giving’ since 1945,” Journal of Mennonite Studies 23 (2005), 59-76.

“The Amish of Indiana: Resources for Teaching Third and Fourth Grade Social Studies,” with Thomas J. Meyers.  Teacher resource notebook published and distributed by the Mennonite Historical Library, Goshen, Indiana, 2003, with support from the Lilly Endowment, Inc.

“The Amish ‘Mission Movement’ and the Reformulation of Amish Identity in the Twentieth Century,” Mennonite Quarterly Review 75 (January 2001), 7-36.

“A ‘Two-Kingdom’ People in a World of Multiple Identities: Religion, Ethnicity, and American Mennonites,” Mennonite Quarterly Review 73 (July 1999), 485-502.

“Nonagricultural Micro-enterprise Development Among the Pennsylvania Amish: A New Phenomenon,” with Stephen M. Smith, et al., Journal of Rural Studies 13 (July 1997), 237-51.

“The Rise and Fall of an Amish Distillery:  Economic Networks and Entrepreneurial Risk on the Illinois Frontier,” Illinois Mennonite Heritage 22 (September 1995), 45, 53-63; and (December 1995), 65, 75-79.

“The Rise of Microenterprises,” with Donald B. Kraybill, in The Amish Struggle with Modernity, ed. by Donald B. Kraybill and Marc A. Olshan, 148-63. Hanover, N.H.: University Press of New England, 1994.

Current Research
The Amish: Community and Diversity in North America, with Karen Johnson-Weiner and Donald B. Kraybill, comprehensive, comparative study of North American Amish society.

Mennonites Meet North America: A People’s History [working title], with Royden Loewen, manuscript in process; a volume in the Global Mennonite History series.

Grants and Fellowships
Fetzer Institute Grant, 2006-2007, Forgiveness and Amish society, Co-PI with David Weaver-Zercher and Donald B. Kraybill. $48,600.

National Endowment for the Humanities Collaborative Grant, 2005-2008, “Amish Diversity and Identity: Transformations in 20th Century America,” Co-PI with Donald B. Kraybill and Karen Johnson-Weiner. $100,000.

Kauffman Foundation Grant, 2006-2008, “Amish Entrepreneurship,” Co-PI with Donald B. Kraybill and Karen Johnson-Weiner. $29,992.

Lilly Endowment Grant, 1999-2003, “Amish and Old Order Groups of Indiana,” Co-PI, with Thomas J. Meyers; John D. Roth, project coordinator. $373,600.

Editorial and Professional Activities
Book Review Editor, Mennonite Quarterly Review, 2003-present.

Series Editor, Studies in Anabaptist and Mennonite History, 2000-2008.

Board of Editors, Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies, 2007-2010.

Advisory Board, Journal of Mennonite Studies, 2007-present.

Board of Editors, Mennonite Quarterly Review, 2000-present.


Course Syllabus for Old Order Amish: History, Culture, and Society

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