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 health in Old Order Amish communities. Her current projects explore how visiting practices strengthen the Amish community and contribute to its growth, how reproductive choices impact maternal health, and how preventive health care decisions vary across Amish affiliations.
A second area of Dr. Stein's research is the scholarship of teaching and learning. Specifically, she is interested in team-based learning practices in the classroom.
Dr. Stein is a member of the Religion and Society Research Group.
Her work has appeared in Sociology of Religion, the Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion, the Journal of Amish and Plain Anabaptist Studies, Teaching Sociology, and Sociological Focus.