Faculty & Staff

Ph.D., The Ohio State University, Rural Sociology
M.A., Virginia Commonwealth University, Urban and Regional Planning
B.S., James Madison University, Geography

Dr. Cory Anderson focuses on the persistence of the plain Anabaptists (Amish, Mennonites, etc.), with particular emphases on demographic, spatial, cultural, and religious dimensions. His research articles have been published in Rural Sociology, The Sociological Quarterly, and Review of Religious Research. He is editor of The Journal of Amish and Plain Anabaptist Studies. Prior to pursuing a Ph.D., he worked in regional planning.



Sanctifying Leisure: Volunteer Tourism among America's Amish-Mennonites. American Studies Journal. Vol. 63. First author, with Jennifer Anderson.

The Undistinguished Scholar of the Amish, Werner Enninger, -or- Has the Time Yet Come for Rigorous Theory in Amish Studies? JAPAS 5(2):196-238.

Seventy-Five Years of Amish Studies, 1942 to 2017: A Critical Review of Scholarship Trends (with an Extensive Bibliography). JAPAS 5(1):1-65.

Reviving the Demographic Study of the Amish. JAPAS 5(1):96-119. Second author of five.


Religiously Motivated MigrationThe Sociological Quarterly. 57(3):387-414.

The Amish Settlement in Honduras, 1968-1978: A (Half) Failed Attempt to Develop an Amish Understanding of Mission. JAPAS 4(1):1-50. First author, with Jennifer Anderson.

Religious Seekers' Attraction to the Plain Mennonites and Amish Review of Religious Research. 58(1):125-147.


What Kinds of Places Attract and Sustain Amish Populations? Rural Sociology 80(4):483-511. First author, with Loren Kenda.

Amish Education: A Synthesis. JAPAS 3(1):1-24.


The Growth of Amish and Plain Anabaptist Communities in Kentucky. JAPAS 2(2):215-44. Second author, with Joseph Donnermeyer.

Conservative Mennonite Storybooks and the Construction of Evangelical Separatism. JAPAS 2(2):245-77. Second author, with Jennifer Anderson.

Horse and Buggy Crash Study I: Common Crash Scenarios between a Motor Vehicle and the Amish / Old Order Mennonite Horse and Buggy. JAPAS 2(1):79-99.

Horse and Buggy Crash Study II: Overstretching the Slow-Moving Vehicle Emblem's Abilities: Lessons from the Swartzentruber Amish. JAPAS 2(1):100-15.

Horse and Buggy Crash Study III: Low Illumination and the Sun's Glare in Crashes between Motor Vehicles and Amish / Old Order Mennonite Horse and Buggies. JAPAS 2(1):116-24.


Who Are the Plain Anabaptists? What Are the Plain Anabaptists? JAPAS 1(1):26-71.

Where Are the Plain Anabaptists? JAPAS 1(1):1-25.

The Amish Population: County Estimates and Settlement Patterns. JAPAS 1(1):72-109. Second author, with Joseph Donnermeyer and Elizabeth Cooksey

An Evangelical Reorientation: The Contribution of Beachy Amish-Mennonite Mothers. Pp. 235-55 in Mothering Mennonite edited by R.E. Buller &K. Fast. Bradford: Demeter Press.


Retracing the Blurred Boundaries of the Twentieth-Century “Amish-Mennonite” Identity. Mennonite Quarterly Review 85(3):361-412.

Congregation or Conference? The Development of Beachy Amish Polity and Identity. Mennonite Historical Bulletin 72(1):12-15.

Beachy Amish-Mennonite (and other Amish-Mennonite entries) in the Global Anabaptist / Mennonite Encyclopedia Online