- Ph.D., American Studies, University of Kansas; M.A., American Studies, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University in Frankfurt, Germany
Dr. Laney has taught courses on Nation & Immigration, Immigration & Religion, The United States through Foreign Eyes, and U.S. Popular Culture. She has co-taught online courses with the TU Dortmund, Germany for AU and a block seminar at the Ruhr-University in Bochum, Germany. Prior to coming to AU, she taught Western Civilization courses at the University of Kansas.
She has published several articles based on her research, and is currently finishing a book manuscript about the immigration, integration, and memory of the German rocket experts associated with Wernher von Braun who were brought to the United States after World War II and later became famous for their contributions to NASA’s Apollo Program.
She has received multiple fellowships and grants for her research, including two fellowships at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum and an NSF grant. She is a list editor for H-Amstdy, a board member of the Chesapeake American Studies Association (CHASA), a co-chair for the Science and Technology caucus of the American Studies Association, a regular juror for National History Day, and an active participant in the Smithsonian Immigration/Migration Initiative.Native speaker of English and German