Solomon W. Cochren

PhD Student

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Solomon W. Cochren is a native of Long Island, New York. He was a primary educator in the New York school district. Cochren holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Communication, a Master of Divinity from Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. He was awarded The Theodore Louis Trost Memorial Prize and named Presidential Scholar and a Master of Theology from Duke University. He is a current doctoral student at the University of Memphis. Solomon is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, and NAACP. He is serving as an ordained Elder in the A.M.E. Zion Church. 

 Solomon's research interests are in the media sector, focusing on topics of race, gender, identity, and rhetoric. He is interested in expanding the conversation of Hip Hop as a continued expression of freedom songs found in the spirituals and the Blues (The B-Side). Another research interest is the practice of meaning/identity making in American culture through media and how these practices are weaponized and used against communities of color and those who live on the margins. Unpacking how meaning/identity-making is used to build bridges of inclusion and barriers of exclusion in society. 


University of Memphis, PhD (Ongoing)

Duke University, M.Th

Rochester Crozer Divinity School, M.Div

Rochearwe Crozer Divinity School, BA