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email: cochr1ll@cmich.edu

Education

  • Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis, August 2007
  • A.M., Washington University in St. Louis, May 2004
  • B. S., James Madison University, May 1998

Areas of Teaching Expertise

  • Cultural and Linguistic Anthropology
  • African Cultures
  • Anthropology of Religion
  • Anthropology and Art
  • Ethnographic Methods

Research Interests

  • Ongoing research in Senegal concerning religious beliefs, visual arts, and environmental and economic concerns. Within those broad ideas, exploration of everyday​ practices of Sufism in artisanal communities, and faith-based motivations for community-scale economic development work. 

Publications

  • 2017. Everday Faith in Sufi Senegal. London, New York: Routledge Press.
  • 2016. Rebuilding Agriculture and the Environment in Senegal. Anthropology Now 8(1).
  • 2015. Bamba Merci: The Intersections of Political and Spiritual Graffiti in Senegal. African Identities: Journal of Economics, Culture and Society 14(1): 3-18.
  • 2015. Addressing Global Economic Inequalities in Local Ways in Senegal's Artisanal Workshops. Economic Anthropology 2:250-263.
  • 2013. Weaving through Islam in Senegal. Durham: Carolina University Press.
  • 2013. Land Degradation, Faith-Based Organizations, and Sustainability in Senegal. CAFE: Culture, Agriculture, Food and Environment 35(2):112-125.
  • 2012. Religious motivations for local economic development in Senegal. Africa Today. 58(4).
  • 2011. Exchange Without Brokers: Weaver-Client Relationships in Senegal. Textile Economies: Power and Value from the Local to the Transnational, ed. Walter E. Little and Patricia A. McAnany, 3-20.
  • 2011. The Growth of Artistic Nationalism in Senegal. Nations and Nationalism: Journal of the Association of Ethnicity and Nationalism. 17(2): 377-395.