Karen Johnson-Weiner

Karen Johnson-Weiner
Professor of Anthropology
Department of Anthropology
State University of New York, Potsdam
44 Pierrepont Ave.
Potsdam, New York 13676
Tel:  315.267.2041
Fax: 315.267.3176

Curriculum Vitae

      PhD           Linguistics, McGill University, 1984
      MA            English/TESOL, Michigan State University, 1976
      BA             French and History, Hope College, 1975

PUBLICATIONS (selected):


“Old Order Amish Private Schools: Preparing Children and Preserving Community.” In Z. Bekerman & E. Kopelwitz (eds.) Identity, Tolerance and Multicultural Issues in Minority/Diaspora/Indigenous Education. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc., forthcoming.

“Publish or Perish”: Amish Publishing and Old Order Identity. In D. Zimmerman Umble & D. Weaver-Zercher (eds.) Plain Talk: The Old Order Amish and the Media. Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press, forthcoming.


Train Up a Child: Old Order Amish and Mennonite Schools.Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007.

Articles and Book Chapters:

“Teaching Identity:  German Language Instruction in Old Order Schools.” In Preserving Heritage: A Festschrift for C. Richard Beam. Joshua R. Brown and Leroy T. Hopkins, Jr. (eds.) Topeka, KS: The Society for German-American Studies, 2006: 13-25.

“Katie” (an essay on an Amish woman’s life in the North Country). In Living North Country: Essays on Life and Landscapes in Northern New York. Natalia Singer and Neil Burdick (eds.) Utica, NY: North Country Books, Inc., 2001: 207-220.

“The Role of Women in Old Order Amish, Beachy Amish and Fellowship Churches.” Mennonite Quarterly Review LXXV, no. 2 (April, 2001): 231-256.

“Educating in English to Maintain Pennsylvania German: The Old Order Parochial School in the Service of Cultural Survival.” In N. Ostler (ed.) Endangered Languages and Education. Proceedings of the Third FEL Conference. Bath, UK: Foundation for Endangered Languages, 1999: 31-37.

“Community Identity and Language Change in North American Anabaptist Communities.” Journal of Sociolinguistics 2/3 (1998): 375-394.

“Reinforcing a Separate Amish Identity: English Instruction and the Preservation of Culture in Old Order Amish Schools.” In Languages and Lives. Essays in Honor of Werner Enninger.  James R. Dow and Michele Wolff, (eds.). New York: Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., 1997: 67-78.

“Community Expectations and Second Language Acquisition: English as a Second Language in a Swartzentruber Amish School,” Yearbook of German-American Studies, 28 (1993): 107-117.(This is a revised, expanded version of an article published earlier; see Johnson-Weiner, 1989).

“Group Identity and Language Maintenance: The Survival of Pennsylvania German in Old Order Communities,” in Diachronic Studies on the Languages of the Anabaptists. K. Burridge and W. Enninger, (eds.). Bochum, Germany: Universitätsverlag Dr. N. Brockmeyer, 1992: 26-42.

“Community Expectations and Second Language Acquisition - ESL in an Amish School,” in The Fifteenth LACUS Forum, 1988. R. M. Brend and D. G. Lockwood, (eds.). Columbia, South Carolina: Hornbeam Press, 1989: 567-576.

“Keeping Dutch: Linguistic Heterogeneity and the Maintenance of Pennsylvania German in Two Old Order Amish Communities,” in Studies on the Languages and Verbal Behavior of the Pennsylvania Germans, II.  W. Enninger, J. Raith, and K-H. Wandt (eds.). Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag Wiesbaden GMBH, 1989, pp. 95-101.


Course Syllabus for The Amish, the Mennonites, and Anabaptism

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