Jordan Laney, PhD

A C A D E M I C   B I O

Jordan Laney is an interdisciplinary thinker & educator specializing in political and cultural theory,  with attention to performance, place, and sound. Her dissertation (completed August 2018)  focused on the ways bluegrass festivals are remembered, particularly those organized by Carlton Haney, in Fincastle, Virginia (1965-66).

Currently a Presidential Pathways Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow, she teaches for the Department of Religion and Culture at Virginia Tech and is continuing research on gender within bluegrass, emergent alternative economies, and qualitative methodologies. At VT, she designed and taught the first bluegrass music courses for the humanities and a special topics course on the music of the (global) south.

PhD, Social and Cultural Thought (Virginia Tech),   2018

Material Cultures and Public Humanities, 2015

Women’s and Gender Studies, 2018

Preparing the Future Professoriate, 2018

M.A., Appalachian Studies, Music (Appalachian State University)

B.F.A., Creative Writing (Goddard College)

A B O U T 

I  grew up in western North Carolina, spending summer afternoons collecting stories from my grandparents; stories of growing up on tobacco farms, being displaced by the Tennessee Valley Authority, sharecropping, and ironing for neighbors. These evenings at kitchen tables were my earliest trainings for the qualitative research I have conducted since. Resulting work has been presented at the International Country Music Conference, the Appalachian Studies Association Conference, the American Folklore Association Conference, the International Association for the Study of Popular Music Conference, and many more. As an interdisciplinary learner myself, I enjoy the challenge of teaching across disciplines, finding intersections between experience, research, career interests, and theoretically driven critical thinking processes and the arts.


I am available for consultation services and projects including, but not limited to:

  • diversity and inclusion (long-term plans, seminars, or short workshops)
  • inclusive classroom training (all educational levels)
  • place-based education training and program development
  • multi-media documentary or archival projects
  • course structure design and development, including online course content
  • event planning and fund raising

With a background in diverse learning environments, training in critical pedagogy, and experiences as a college instructor, I am comfortable working in classrooms, studios, festivals, boardrooms, and in large conference settings. If you are interested in exploring the possibilities of working together, please contact me at