Lory J. Dance

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Lory J. 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, a Masters Degree from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from Harvard University. Since 2006, Dance has been a Research Fellow for “The Children of Immigrants in School” (CIS), a six-nation study funded by the National Science Foundation. 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. More specifically, spending a portion of her spring and summer semesters in Sweden, Dance coordinates the “Middle East in Sweden” research domain of MECW. Previous to her current research projects in Sweden, during the 2004/2005 academic year, Dance conducted a pilot research project titled “Cultural and National Belonging among Immigrant Students in Sweden” (Dance 2006). This project was funded by The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education.

Dance is currently working on two new courses (1) Qualitative Methods and Human Rights and, (2) The Global Politics of Hip Hop to be taught simultaneously via video-conferencing at Lund University (in Sweden) and at UNL (in the U.S.).

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