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Lorien S. Jordan, Ph.D., LMFT

Qualitative Methodologist, Scholar Activist, Critical- Cultural Theorist

Lorien (she; her) is an assistant professor in Educational Measurement and Research (Qualitative Inquiry)  at the University of South Florida.

As a qualitative methodologist, Lorien conducts critical inquiries into the reproduction of (non)belonging with an eye towards increasing equity and justice across transdisciplinary domains. Ultimately, these interests invoke the ethics and justice of research, which she addresses through three lines of inquiry: (1) exploring the contextual dimensions of research, (2) critical theoretical studies of discourse, and (3) transforming methodology to address disparities in health and education. Lorien has conducted this work in the United States, New Zealand, Cambodia, and Samoa, with a diverse range of stakeholders and a variety of qualitative and participatory methodologies.


Lorien’s research has been fully-funded by a Fulbright award, awarded AAMFT’s 2019 Dissertation Award, AAMFT’s Cutting-Edge Research designation, NCFR’s Feldman Outstanding Research Proposal in Family Policy, and supported by the University of Georgia’s Innovative and Interdisciplinary Research grant.


Lorien has served in multiple leadership positions, including serving as the Secretary/Treasurer (2022-2023), for AERA’s, Professors of Educational Research SIG, and on AERA’s Qualitative Research SIG Book Awards Committee (2021 - 2024). Lorien is on the editorial board for The Qualitative Report, The Journal of Critical Theory and Praxis, and Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology.


In 2018, Lorien received the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Human Development and Family Science with a specialization in Interdisciplinary Qualitative Research from the University of Georgia. Before joining the University of South Florida, Lorien was an assistant professor at the University of Arkansas, in the Educational Statistics and Research Methods program.

Critical theory and methodologies


Artful and Digital Inquiry

Discursive narratives of (non)belonging



University of Georgia, Doctor of Philosophy

Human Development and Family Science

Specializations: Qualitative Research


Mercer University, Master of Family Therapy


New York University, Master of Arts


Arizona State University, Bachelor of Arts

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