curriculum vitae (CV)

Please email me for an updated version (jlaney@vt.edu)

EDUCATION

2018 (expected)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Virginia Polytechnic and State University, Ph.D.

ASPECT: The Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought

Concentrations: Cultural Theory, Social Theory

Doctoral Candidate (ABD) status obtained May 4th, 2016

Dissertation: The Shifting Politics of Performance: Bluegrass Festivals and the Staging of Culture.

Certifications:

Material Culture and Public Humanities (2016)

Women’s and Gender Studies (expected 2017)

Preparing the Future Professoriate (expected 2017)

2013 Appalachian State University, M.A.

Appalachian Studies, Concentration: Music

Thesis: Notions of Nations: Exploring the Bluegrass Nation as an Imagined Community Committee: Nancy S. Love (Chair), David Haney, Fred Hay

2011 Goddard College, B.F.A.

Creative Writing, Folklore

Thesis: Put My Pretty Little Shoes Away: An Ethnographic Account of the Dam People of Bryson City, North Carolina

Committee: Jen Hofer, Bob Braile

CURRENT POSITION:  Full-time Instructor, Department of Religion & Culture, Virginia Tech

HONORS AND AWARDS

2017 Faculty Scholar, Graduate Teaching Academy for Excellence

Mentor GTAs across disciplines and programs.

2017 Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society

The Bouchet Society recognizes outstanding scholarly achievement and promotes diversity and excellence in doctoral education and the professoriate.

 

2016 Graduate Teaching Excellence – Instructor of Record Award

University-wide recognition as instructor of record of the year

2016 (inducted) Graduate Academy for Teaching Excellence (GrATE) Founding Fellow

As a Founding Fellow I am selected to serve as a mentor to GTA’s, organize programming regarding pedagogy and the GTA experience, and serve as needed in the Graduate School. Founding Fellows worked to create a structure for the GrATE program, the first of its kind in the nation.

2016 Global Perspectives Program

Selected to represent the VT Graduate School on campus visits to Switzerland’s universities and conduct an assessment of institutes of higher education as regional motivators with a team of international graduate students. The report was shared at the Swiss Embassy in Washington DC.

2016 Appalachian Sound Archives Fellow, Berea College
2015 Favorite Faculty Award, Virginia Tech
2015 Undergraduate Research Institute Grant, Virginia Tech
2015 ASPECT Travel Fund
2015 Diversity Scholar, Virginia Tech
2014 ASPECT Travel Fund, $250

Provided Support to present new research at national conferences.

2013 Leadership Bluegrass Graduate (IBMA)

The International Bluegrass Music Association chooses a small cohort each year to attend a 4-day summit of industry leaders in Nashville Tennessee and serve as leaders within the genre.

2012

2011

Anne and Alex Bernhardt Appalachian Music Scholar, Appalachian State University

Anne and Alex Bernhardt Appalachian Music Scholar, Appalachian State University

2011 Ed Cabbell Appalachian Studies Endowment Scholarship, $250
2011-2016 Appalachian Studies Association Conference Scholarship Recipient
2005 Regional Finalist for the Morehead Scholars Program, UNC-Chapel Hill

 

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION

theories of space and place, critical regionalism, Appalachian Studies, performance theory, Appalachian and regional music, feminist research methods, cultural politics/the politics of culture

PUBLICATIONS

 PEER REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

Under revision “Strangers: The Compulsions to Create an Other America in Appalachian B/orders,” Narrative Culture (with Shelby Ward)
2016 Interview with Wendy Brown. SPECTRA (with Anthony Szczurek)
2013 Barbour, Kehren, G. Marc Bentley, Cary Curlee, Kathryn Engle, Kristin M. Hyle, Victoria Krueger, Jordan Laney, William Lindley, Joshua Roe, and Lynn Moss Sanders. “From Documentary Films to You Tube & Folkstreams: Interview with Filmmaker Tom Davenport.” Appalachian Journal (2013): 78-101.

 BOOK CHAPTERS

2016 “Beyond (internal) Colonization, Blame, and Binaries: Working Towards a Relational Economy,” RE: Reflections and Explorations Essays on Politics, Public Policy, and Governance Edited by Max Stephenson Jr. and Lyusyena Kirakosyan
2016 “Person & Place: Thoughts on the Radical Possibilities of an un-Fixed Polis,” RE: Reflections and Explorations Essays on Politics, Public Policy, and Governance Edited by Max Stephenson Jr. and Lyusyena Kirakosyan
2015 Saffle, Michael and Jordan Laney. “’Rising Appalachia’ and Traditional Folk/Pop as Social Protest”. KISMIF Conference Proceedings Book (Online), 2015. http://ler.letras.up.pt/site/default.aspx?qry=id022id1462&sum=sim

 PUBLIC WRITING

2017 “What Machine Kills Fascists: A Critical Reflection on the Political Power of Sound in the Trump Era.” Reflections and Explorations (blog hosted by Virginia Tech’s Institute for Policy and Governance).  (February 18, 2017).
2016 “Locations of Knowledge Production: Exploring the Collisions of Place-Based Pedagogy in the Global Context,” Global Perspectives Report, published by the VT Grad School: http://futureprof.global/work/gpp-switzerland-2016-manual/locations-of-knowledge-production-exploring-the-collisions-of-place-based-pedagogy-in-the-global-context/
2016 “The Unnoticed Contextual Realities of Hillbilly Elegy” Reflections and Explorations: A Graduate Student Commentary (blog hosted by Virginia Tech’s Institute for Policy and Governance).  (October 10, 2016).
2015 “Hashtag Heartwork: Notes on the Relationship between Place and Identity,” Reflections and Explorations: A Graduate Student Commentary (blog hosted by Virginia Tech’s Institute for Policy and Governance).

 

2015 “Beyond (internal) Colonization, Blame, and Binaries: Working Towards a Relational Economy,” Reflections and Explorations: A Graduate Student Commentary (blog hosted by Virginia Tech’s Institute for Policy and Governance). April 9, 2015
2014 “Person & Place: Thoughts on the Radical Possibilities of an un-Fixed Polis,” Reflections and Explorations: A graduate Student Commentary (blog hosted by Virginia Tech’s Institute for Policy and Governance). May 8, 2014.

 

REVIEWS

2017 “Listening to the Knott Country Patriot: Appalachian Hip Hop and Digital Possibilities”. Reviewed Work: Goodbye, Knott Central. Journal of Appalachian Studies. Vol. 23, No. 2 (Fall 2017), pp. 278-280
2015 Meredith Doster, Mark Freed, Tom Hansell, Fred J. Hay, Phil Jamison, Rebecca Jones, Steve Kruger, Jordan Laney, Trevor McKenzie, John Cloyd Miller, Natalya Weinstein Miller, Ron Pen, Emily Schaad, Leila Weinstein, and Dave Wood. “Appalachian Music Films: From Appalshop to Zwigoff” in Appalachian Journal: A Regional Studies Review V. 42 No. 3-4, Spring/Summer 2015.

Films reviewed: “Bluegrass Country Soul,” “High Lonesome: The Story of Bluegrass Music,” “Lily May Ledford,” and “Sunnyside of Life.”

 

2014 Book review: Sweet Dreams: The World of Patsy Cline, edited by Warren R. Hofstra, Appalachian Journal (2014): 158-159.

TRADE & ARTISTIC PUBLICATIONS

 2017                         “Women in Bluegrass”, The Bluegrass Situation, contributor

2017 “Warning Signs” Breaking Grass, Mountain Fever Records, liner notes (international distribution)
2015 Moderated and organized the class blog, Spring 2015:

https://blogs.lt.vt.edu/thespring2015bluegrassclass/

2015 “VA Tech Students at Bristol Rhythm and Roots” Bluegrass Today. Online.
2014 “More from Red, White and Bluegrass ‘14” Bluegrass Today. Online.
2014 “Friday at Houstonfest 2014” Bluegrass Today. Online.
2014 “Saturday at Houstonfest 2014” Bluegrass Today. Online.
2012 Gathering album liner notes.

 

2011 Put My Pretty Little Shoes Away, Audio Documentary, limited distribution. Served as a companion media piece to undergraduate thesis
2008 “Seven ‘till Eleven: Old Fort Mountain Music” a self-published chapbook with national distribution, created as part of the Lo-fi publishing working group at Goddard College.

 CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION

 NATIONAL | INTERNATIONAL PRESENTATIONS

 

2018 “Goin’ Back: Performances of Mobility by the Knoxville Grass (1970–1985)”. International Association for the Study of Popular Music-US. Proposed.
2018 “Appalachian Feminism(s) and Rurality- Place, Placemaking, and Praxis.” Rural Women’s Studies Association. (Accepted)
2018

 

Panel Organizer, (Convener) Conversations on Hope in a Hostile (Educational) Climate and Tools for Empowerment through Appalachian Studies: Part 1: Convener, Part 2: Panelist. Appalachian Studies Association Conference (accepted)
2017

2017

Chair, IBMA Bluegrass Symposium, Panel: “Institutions and Narratives”

“Trade Publications as Folklore as a Political Performance of Place” South Atlantic Modern Language Association, panelist.

2017 “Examining Feminism in Appalachia through Contemporary Issues: A Discussion of Intersections and Place (Roundtable)” Appalachian Studies Association Conference
2016 “Re-historicizing Our Romance with Bill Monroe: The Unfinished Story of Carlton Haney’s and Ralph Rinzler’s Contributions to the Creation of the ‘Father of Bluegrass’” American Folklore Society Conference, panel sponsored by the AFS Music Section (Miami, Florida on October 20th, 2016)
2016 “Higher Education Institutions as Regional Innovators” presentation at the Swiss Embassy, Washington DC (June 16th, 2016) as part of the Global Perspectives Program through Virginia Tech in collaboration with the University of Basel.
2016 “Examining Feminism in Appalachia through Historical Scholarship: A Discussion of Women of the Mountain South.” Appalachian Studies Association, 2016. (roundtable)
2015 “Across Space and Time: Carlton Haney’s Multi-Genre Influence and Vision,” International Association of Country Music Scholarship
2015 “Sick No More: Singing a Musician Home in the New River Valley of Virginia” (co-presented with Betty Fine) Appalachian Studies Association, 2015
2015 “Many Mountains, Many Musics, Many Movements: Hip Hop in Appalachia” Moderator, Appalachian Studies Association, 2015
2015 “From Lawn Chairs to Bar Stools: Notes on the Relationship between Bluegrass Festivals, Space, and Neoliberal Place-Making,” International Association for the Study of Popular Music-US, 2015
2014 “Migration and Memory: The Bluegrass Mapping Project in McDowell County, North Carolina.” International Association for the Study of Popular Music-US (IASPM-US). March 2014
2014 “How the Soundscape of Rising Appalachia Transcends the Borders of a ‘Filthy Dirty South.’” Appalachian Studies Association, March 2014
2013 “Notions of Nations: Exploring Networks, Nationalism, And New Songs in Bluegrass Music.”  Appalachian Studies Association Conference, 2013
2012 “Soundscapes and Sidemen: George Shuffler and Herb Lambert of Burke County, North Carolina.” Appalachian Studies Association, 2012

REGIONAL PRESENTATIONS

2016 “Political Ecology in Hostile Spaces: Networks of Tactical Solidarity for the Neoliberal Anthropocene” Dimensions of Political Ecology (DOPE) chair, organizer and panelist with Tim Luke, Adrian Parr, Gabriel Piser, Andrew Scerri, Christian Matheis. Feb. 2016
2015 “Building Bill Monroe: An analysis of Ralph Rinzler and Carlton Haney’s Constructive Practices.” South Atlantic Modern Language Association (November 13-15, 2015)
2013 “User Generated: Exploring the Bluegrass Nation’s Shift from Front Porches to Politicized Cyberspaces.” The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Music and the Global American South Conference:  Southern Sounds/Out of Bounds, 2013
2013 “Form and Function: Understanding Folklore through Technology” South Atlantic Modern Language Association, 2013

 GRADUATE PRESENTATIONS

 

2018 Between Place, Sound, Politics, and Self: Doing Interdisciplinary Research in Traditional Music Scenes. “Doing Interdisciplinarity” ASPECT Graduate Conference (submitted)
2018 Research a la mode: public presentations of graduate work, Virginia Tech (DATE TBA)
2017 White Performances of a Diverse South: Unpacking the Cultural Politics in Early Bluegrass Festivals (1965-1975), ASPECT Student Conference.
2016 “Becoming Weird: The Compulsions to Create an Other America in Appalachian B/orders.” Jordan Laney and Shelby Ward. ASPECT Graduate Student Conference. April 2016
2015 “That High Lonesome Corporate Sound: How Bluegrass Music Navigates Neoliberalism and Tradition.” ASPECT Student Conference
2014 “Bluegrass 2.0: Post-Colonial Observations of Bluegrass Music’s Hyper-Mediated Community,” ASPECT Graduate Student Conference
2014 “Protest and Emancipatory Space through Song in Appalachia,” Virginia Tech Women’s Studies Mini-Conference, April 2014

 

POSTERS

2016 “‘Rule 7: The Only Rule Is Work’: An Unconventional Path to Thriving in Higher Education,” poster, Second Annual Commonwealth Graduate Education Day on November 4, 2016 at the College of William & Mary.
2012 “The Bluegrass Mapping Project: Marion, North Carolina” poster, Appalachian Studies Association Conference, Boone NC, 2012

 

TEACHING

I have developed content for the following courses: Diversity in Appalachia, Intersectionality in Appalachian Literature, Appalachia on Television, Methods in Critical Regionalism, Hip Hop in Appalachia, Religion in Appalachia, Place-Based Problems (STEM focus), and Place-Based Activism.

 TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Serving as the Instructor of Record at Virginia Tech unless noted otherwise.

2018, Summer I, Online Introduction to Appalachian Studies
2017-18, 4|4 Course Load Introduction to Appalachian Studies
2017, Summer Session II, online Introduction to Appalachian Studies
2017, Spring Southern Music: Power, Place, Identity
2017, Spring, Teaching Assistant Popular Culture: Television
2017, Spring, Teaching Assistant Musical Theater
2017, Spring, Teaching Assistant History of the Modern World
2016, Fall Introduction to Appalachian Studies
2016, Summer Session II, online Introduction to Appalachian Studies
2016, Spring Introduction to Appalachian Studies
2015, Fall Introduction to Appalachian Studies
2015, Summer Session II, online Introduction to Appalachian Studies
2015, Spring Bluegrass Music: Appalachian Roots and Influences
2014, Fall Introduction to Appalachian Studies
2014, Spring Introduction to Appalachian Studies
2013, Fall Appalachian Communities

GUEST LECTURES

2015, Fall “Appalachian Folk Music and Familial Traditions,” Appalachian Folk Cultures, VT
2014, Fall Hip Hop Studies Research Group: “Regional Rap,” VT
2011, Spring & 2012 Fall “Appalachian Music” Intro, Appalachian State University

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

 LEADERSHIP

Appalachian Studies Association Steering Committee Service (2017-2018)

  • Ad Hoc working group: associational childcare
  • Health and Wellness working group (ASA 2018)
  • Educational Committee: worked to co-sponsor a panel with Y’ALL and the Edu Comm regarding classroom practices to combat neoliberalism within higher education. (ASA 2018)
  • Y’ALL: assisted with music programming (ASA 2018)
2017 Worked with the Graduate School, Learning Design Studio (Library Services) and GrATE to offer eportfolio workshops for incoming GTA’s. This required assisted in the development of a training program for workshop leaders and leading workshops on the use of the portfolio interface, Portfolium. (Approx. 140 graduate students completed this trainings)
2017 GTA Workshop Panel “Practicing Excellence and Leadership” on August 22 (invited)
2017 21st Century Faculty Planning Committee, in collaboration with Virginia Tech and the Universidad de Quito, Ecuador
2017-2021 Appalachian Studies Association Steering Committee,

At Large Member

2017 Virginia Tech “Beyond Boundaries” Advisor to the President (VT)
2015-n/a Founding Fellow, GTA Academy for Excellence

Continued service as a leader of the Academy, organizing events, and serving as a mentor for fellow GTAs.

2017

 

2015

 

2014

Co-editor emeritus, SPECTRA: The Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Theory Archives

Co-editor, SPECTRA: The Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Theory Archives, 2015-2016

Co-editor elect, SPECTRA: The Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Theory Archives, 2014-2015

2015-2017 Student-at-large Member, Appalachian Studies Association Steering Committee and Co-chair, Young Appalachian Leaders and Learners (Y’ALL), 2015-2017

Organize and facilitate gatherings, training sessions, and networking events for members. Oversee YALL social media accounts, represent YALL members at conferences and connect members to opportunities throughout the region.

 

 

ADVOCACY & ORGANIZING

 

2017, Fall Graduate Teaching Assistants Training; spoke with incoming GTA’s about inclusion and diversity practices in the classroom.
2017, Fall (anticipated) Diversity, Bias and Inclusion Training for Carillion Roanoke Medical Professionals
2017, Fall Appalachian Identity and Stereotypes, Diversity and Inclusion Training for VT Faculty and Staff (hosted by the VT Office for Diversity and Inclusion)
2017, Summer Appalachian Identity and Stereotypes, Diversity and Inclusion Training for VT Library Faculty and Staff (hosted by the VT Office for Diversity and Inclusion)
2017, Spring Appalachian Service Training for Family Counseling Services Psychological Clinicians
2017, Spring Graduate Teaching Assistants Training; spoke with incoming GTA’s about inclusion and diversity practices in the classroom.
2017, Spring Organized a Grassroots Training Workshop with Virginia Organizing at the Appalachian Studies Association Conference on March 9th, 2017. The training was led by VO and hosted by Young Appalachian Leaders and Learners (Y’ALL). The goal of the training was to cultivate and recognize the skills needed to facilitate an intergenerational, intersectional cohesive youth movement in the region. (Approximately 60 attendees)

 

2016, Spring Diversity and Inclusion Seminar (DDI), “Teaching, Learning, and Serving in Southern Appalachia” for Faculty and Staff and Virginia Tech. (30 attendees)
2016, Spring Presented “Experiences of Appalachian Students” to the Virginia Tech Faculty Senate (March 2, 2016)
2016, Winter “Appalachia and Mental Health” a presentation for graduate students in the Family Therapy and Clinical Health Program of VT in the Department of Human Development (January 28, 2016)
2015, Fall Cultural Competency lecture on “Appalachian Cultures” for public health graduate students (October 22, 2015)
2015, Summer Appalachian Service Project: Trained ASP leaders in cultural competency and critical economic studies before their service.

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

2017 Panelist, “Teaching for the First Time”, a support panel for Graduate Teaching Assistants and Instructors, Nov. 17th 2017
2017 Appalachian Studies Association Conference proposal reviewer (cultural and political theory session proposals)
2017 Conscientious Classroom Conversations (hosted by Diversity and Recruitment at the VT Graduate School).
2017 (Fall, Summer) Eportfolio training pilot program (Portfolium)

Completed training and facilitated training for graduate students to serve as workshop leaders and “early adopters”.

2017 Conflict of Interest and Commitment for Faculty, Staff, and Students (hosted by CITI), required for participation in NIH funded projects, completed
2016-2017 Appalachian Studies Association Conference Planning Committee
2015 Awarded Undergraduate Research Institute Grant from Virginia Tech, used for Bluegrass Class research and experiential learning ($300)
2015 Completed the professional development course “Awakening the Digital Imagination: New Media Seminar for Virginia Tech Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Students” (weekly meetings)
2015 Completed Contemporary Pedagogy training at Virginia Tech
2014 Trained as a Community and Direct-Action Organizer by Virginia Organizing and VTAction. Completed 16 hours of training focused on grassroots strategies and campaigns, community outreach, and garnering commitment from constituencies.
2013 Completed Virginia Tech’s Graduate Teaching Assistant Training
2013 Graduated from the Nashville based “Leadership Bluegrass” Program, a training program meant to “pull together a cross section of people with exhibited or potential leadership qualities into a network of learning and communication”.

 COMMUNITY SERVICE

On-going (See Cultural Competency, Diversity and Inclusion workshops)
2017 Relay for Life Team Member, Sustainable Infrastructures Lab (VT)
2015 Community Voices member
2010 HeadStart Teacher, McDowell County NC

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

2017 South Atlantic Modern Language Association
2016 Dimensions of Political Economy Working Group
2011- to date Appalachian Studies Association
2015, 2016 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
2013, 2014, 2016-to date International Bluegrass Music Association
2014, 2015 International Association for the Study of Popular Music- US
2013, 2014, 2016 South Atlantic Modern Language Association
2013-to date ASPECT Graduate Student Association
2013 South East Women’s Studies Association

 ADMINISTRATIVE EMPLOYMENT

2017 (Spring, Summer) Graduate Life Center, Building Manager

Oversee opening, closing, and event management, booking and daily operations in the Donaldson Brown Graduate Life Center.

2017 (Spring) Transcription Editor (January 7, 2017- NA)

Grant Title: Collaborative Research: Professional Engineering Pathways: A Longitudinal Study of Early Career Preparedness and Decision-Making

Grant Code: 479224
Grant Primary Investigator (PI): Matusovich, Holly
Grant Sponsor: National Science Foundation

 

 PUBLIC & ARTISTIC PRESENTATIONS

2017 Coordinator. “Coalition building and cross-generational conversations between regional leaders.” approx. 50 participants, hosted at VT, facilitated by Virginia Organizing (March 2017)
2017 Coordinator. Booking, publicity, and merchandise for LoFidel and Sheisty Khrist (Kentucky Hip Hop artists) at the She-Sha Hookah Lounge, kicking off the Appalachian Studies Assoc. Conference.
2016 Co-ordinated the performance of the operetta, Dust in the Bottomland at Virginia Tech in collaboration with CV. (March 20th and 21st, 2016). The resulting podcast is publicly available: https://soundcloud.com/andy-morikawa/dust-in-the-bottomland
2015 Coordinator. “Fifty Years after Fincastle: Celebrating Carlton Haney and the First Multi-day Bluegrass Festival,” an edutainment panel at the International Bluegrass Music Organization’s annual gathering, “Wide Open Bluegrass.” The event featured materials from the Appalachian State University Archives, the International Bluegrass Music Museum, personal collections, and performers Sam Bush, Charlie Cushman, the ETSU Pride Band, and Morehead State University with Raymond McLain, Mark Schatz, Sierra Hull, and Fred Bartenstein.
2015 Virginia Tech LGBTQ+ Oral History Project:

Conducted interviews of the LGBTQ+ community at Virginia Tech. These interviews are now available to the public through the Special Collections website. (specific contributions: Dolly Davis and Howard Friertag)