Lory Janelle (Tomni) Dance

Associate Professor of Sociology & the Institute for Ethnic Studies Profile Image
Associate Professor of Sociology & the Institute for Ethnic Studies Sociology ldance2@unl.edu (402) 472-2962 723 Oldfather Hall

Curriculum Vitae

My work focuses upon marginalized and/or underrepresented minorities in the U.S. and Sweden, with a special focus on low-income urban communities. Since the fall of 2009, I have 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, I have moved back and forth between UNL and Lund U but have been mostly at UNL since the spring semester of 2013. In addition to working as a Co-PI on MECW, I have 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.  I am currently completing a research project using Discourse Analyses of newspapers in Sweden and the U.S. Looking forward to future cross-national projects, I am in the process of designing and co-designing new cross-national research proposals.

My previous academic accomplishments include a pilot research project titled “Cultural and National Belonging among Immigrant Students in Sweden” (Dance 2006) funded by The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education. From 2006 to 2009, I 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.

My most recent publications include “Impoverished Clientele and Influential Institutions: Perspectives on Neighborhood Poverty near Harvard,” published in Sociology Compass, “More Like Jazz Than Classical: Reciprocal Interactions Among Educational Researchers and Respondents,” published in Harvard Educational Review, and “Performativity Pressures at Urban High Schools in Sweden and the U.S.” published in Ethnography and Education. Combining research findings from a Philadelphia study and the CIS study mentioned above, I am finishing a book manuscript titled Gone With the Neo-Liberal Wind: Minority Teens, School Reform, and Urban Change in Sweden and the U.S.

Ph.D. Harvard University

Areas of Specialization:

  • Sociology of (Urban) Education
  • Race and Ethnic Studies
  • Inequality (Intersectionality)
  • International Migration
  • Qualitative and Ethnographic Methods