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Dr. Reschly retired in 2019. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 1994, and also holds an MA in History from the University of Northern Iowa, an M.Div. from Goshen Biblical Seminary, and a BA in History from Goshen College. Dr. Reschly's teaching interests include American social history, women's history, Frontier and West, and history of sexuality. His current research examines rural consumer culture in Amish and related groups in 1930s Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. His first book, The Amish on the Iowa Prairie, 1840-1910 (Johns Hopkins, 2000), was named the 2002 Book of the Year by the Communal Studies Association. His second book is a co-edited collection, Strangers at Home: Amish and Mennonite Women in History (Johns Hopkins, 2002). In 2003-2004, he taught at the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg in Germany as a Fulbright Senior Scholar. He has led 13 Study Abroad courses in Europe and the Caribbean, taking over 200 students overseas. He is a member of the American Historical Association, Organization of American Historians, Agricultural History Society, Women's and Gender Historians of the Midwest, Western Historical Association, and Rural Women's Studies Association.