Meet the Young Center Staff

Jeff Bach

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Director, Young Center
Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies
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In addition to serving as Young Center director, Jeff teaches courses on the history of Anabaptist and Pietist groups and communal societies. He is the author of Voices of the Turtledoves: The Sacred World of Ephrata (Penn State Press, 2003) and co-author with Michael Birkel of Genius of the Transcendent: Mystical Writings of Jakob Boehme (Shambhala, 2010). He earned his Ph.D. in religion from Duke University in 1997 and is an ordained minister in the Church of the Brethren.

Steve Nolt

Steve Nolt

Professor of History and Anabaptist Studies
Senior Scholar, Young Center
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The author or coauthor of fourteen books on Amish, Mennonite, and Pennsylvania German history and contemporary life, Steve Nolt is widely recognized for his scholarship on Anabaptist groups across North America. He holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Notre Dame. He also serves as series editor for Young Center Books in Anabaptist and Pietist Studies published by the Johns Hopkins University Press.

Donald B. Kraybill

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Distinguished College Professor and Senior Fellow Emeritus
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A native of Lancaster County, Donald B. Kraybill is internationally recognized for his scholarship on the Amish and other Anabaptist groups. His books, research, and commentary have been featured in national and worldwide media. 

Edsel Burdge, Jr.

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Research Associate
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Edsel conducts research as assigned by the director and the senior scholar, and assists visiting fellows. He also interprets the work of the Young Center to the college community, the public at large, and the media. He is co-author with Samuel L. Horst of Building on the Gospel Foundation: The Mennonites of Franklin County, Pennsylvania, and Washington County, Maryland, 1730–1970 (Herald Press, 2004) and holds an M.A. from Villanova University.

Cynthia Nolt

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Research and Editorial Associate
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Cynthia edits book manuscripts, journal articles, and other material and provides research support for the senior scholar. She also maintains the center’s websites, edits and lays out the newsletter, coordinates publicity for center events, and provides editorial support for authors in the Young Center Books series. She holds an M.S. from Drexel University.

Rose Fisher

Rose Fisher

Administrative Assistant
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Rose focuses on various administrative duties such as helping plan semester events and conferences, reviewing and maintaining financial records, overseeing building reservations, and filtering calls into the office. She began working at the Young Center in October 2018.