Her research combines the history of science and technology and migration studies by focusing on "highly skilled" migrants.

Laney spent eight years working in the information technology industry as a consultant, trainer, and customer liaison, prior to returning to school for her PhD.

Research Interests

  • U.S. immigration history, history of science and technology, memory studies

I research and write about the twentieth century United States in a global context with special emphases on human migration, science and technology, nationalism, popular culture, and public history.

Past Affiliations

Assistant Professor, Department of History, College of Liberal Arts, Auburn University

PhD Student, Department of American Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Kansas (past)

PhD, University of Kansas, American Studies, 2009
BA, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universit├Ąt, Germany, Psychoanalysis, 1995
MA, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universit├Ąt, Germany, American Studies, 1995
English, German, Standard
Immigration and Ethnic History Society
Society for the History of Technology
American Historical Association
The Organization of American Historians