Ph.D. Harvard University
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Lory Janelle Dance is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Ethnic Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). Dance received a B.A. from Georgetown University in 1985, a Master’s Degree from Harvard University in 1991, and a Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1995. Since the fall of 2009, Dance has been a Co-Principal Investigator for “The Middle East in the Contemporary World” (MECW) grant project. MECW is a multi-million research project funded by the Swedish Research Council and housed at Lund University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies in Lund, Sweden. Since the Spring of 2010, Dance has moved back and forth between UNL and Lund U but is due to return to UNL during the spring semester of 2013. In addition to working as a Co-PI on MECW, Dance has established a summer study abroad course for UNL students with Gothenburg University in Sweden, created a UNL Global Classroom video-conferenced course, titled “Qualitative Methods in Global Contexts”, attended simultaneously by students from UNL and students from Lund U. and applied for cross-national research grants.
Dance’s previous academic accomplishments include several research projects. During the 2000/2001 academic year, Dance conducted research on school reform in lower-income communities in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The U.S. Spencer Foundation funded this project. Dance spent the spring of 2004 as a Distinguished Fulbright Scholar at Lund University in Sweden and during the 2004/2005 academic year, Dance conducted a pilot research project titled “Cultural and National Belonging among Immigrant Students in Sweden” (Dance 2006). The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education funded this project on national belonging. From 2006 to 2009, Dance was a Research Fellow for “The Children of Immigrants in School” (CIS) project, a six-nation study funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation.
Dance’s most recent publications include “Impoverished Clientele and Influential Institutions: Perspectives on Neighborhood Poverty near Harvard,” published in Sociology Compass and “More Like Jazz Than Classical: Reciprocal Interactions Among Educational Researchers and Respondents,” published in Harvard Educational Review. Combining research findings from her Philadelphia study and the CIS study mentioned above, Dance is working on a book manuscript titled Gone With the Neo-Liberal Wind: Minority Teens, School Reform, and Urban Change in Sweden and the U.S. Building upon earlier research with marginalized youth in the Boston Metropolitan Area, Dance is also working on a second book manuscript titled At-Risk Near Harvard U.: Meritocratic Ideals, Poor Kids, and Elitist Practices.