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Laura L. Cochrane


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Laura Cochrane is associate professor of anthropology and director of the Cultural and Global Studies Program at Central Michigan University. Her ongoing research in Senegal places personal and social expressions of the arts and religious faiths within the contexts of West Africa’s environmental and economic concerns. This research focus includes studies of faith-based (Muslim and Christian) approaches to local economic development, and a project based on Sufi individuals’ life histories of faith. She has published in both anthropology and African studies journals, and is the author of Weaving through Islam in Senegal (2012), an ethnographic book on Senegalese weavers’ discourses about art and faith. She earned her Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis.