Karen Johnson-Weiner


Karen M. Johnson-Weiner is a Distinguished Service Professor of Anthropology at SUNY Potsdam, where she teaches courses in linguistic anthropology. She holds the PhD in linguistics from McGill University and has been studying culture and language use in Amish communities for over 30 years. A recent Snowden Fellow at the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College, her research has been supported by a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities and grants from NEH, the Spencer Foundation and the SUNY Potsdam Research and Creative Endeavors Program. She is the author of Train up a Child: Old Order Amish and Mennonite Schools (2007, The Johns Hopkins University Press) and New York Amish. Life in the Plain Communities of the Empire State (2010, Cornell University Press), and co-author, with Dr. Donald B. Kraybill and Dr. Steven Nolt, of The Amish (2013, The Johns Hopkins University Press). She is currently at work on a study of Old Order Amish Women (tentatively titled “Wives, Mothers, and Entrepreneurs: The Lives of Amish Women”).

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