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Rachel Stein, Ph.D.

Professor - Sociology


Member of the Religion and Society Group

Dr. Stein received her M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Akron. Her research is focused primarily on community building and solidarity in Old Order Amish communities. Her current projects explore how visiting practices strengthen the Amish community and contribute to its growth. 

A second area of her research is the scholarship of teaching and learning. Specifically, she is interested in team-based learning practices in the classroom. Her final area of research is on opportunities that lead to crime and victimization. Her work has appeared in Teaching Sociology, Sociological Focus, the International Criminal Justice Review, and Sociology Compass.

Learn more about Dr. Stein's research on her website.

Selected Publications

Stein, Rachel E., Katie E. Corcoran, Corey J. Colyer. 2019. “Fostering Interaction in a Strict Non-communal Group: A Case Study of Amish Visiting Practices.”  Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion 15(2): 2-23. 

Colyer, Corey, Cory Anderson, Rachel Stein, Joseph Donnermeyer, and Samson Wasao. 2017. “Reviving the Demographic Study of the Amish.”  Journal of Amish and Plain Anabaptist Studies  5(1):96-119. 

Stein, Rachel E., Corey J. Colyer, and Jason Manning. 2016. “Student Accountability in Team-Based Learning Classes.” Teaching Sociology 44(1): 28-38.

Courses Taught

  • SOCA 232 Criminology
  • SOCA 324 Gender and Crime
  • SOCA 488 The Capstone Experience: Crime and Deviance in Amish Culture 
  • SOCA 600 Becoming a Sociologist
  • SOCA 710 Teaching Sociology