Laura Elder

Faculty Profiles

Laura Elder

Laura Elder

Associate Professor
Global Studies
Environmental Studies


PhD, City University of New York
BS, University of Arizona

Research Interests 

  • Islam
  • Global Political Economy
  • Gender
  • Southeast Asia
  • Middle East and North Africa

Courses Recently Taught 

  • ANTH 141: People and nature
  • ANTH 253: Survey I: culture and language
  • ANTH 320: Anthropology of race and racism
  • ANTH 346: Gender in cross-cultural perspectives
  • ANTH 364: Ethnographic methods
  • ANTH 392: People and culture of Southeast Asia

Professional Experience 

  • Currently I am a Fulbright U.S. Scholar, in Malaysia, in affiliation with the Academy of Islamic Studies and Department of Gender Studies, University of Malaya.

Creative and Scholarly Work 

  • Gendered accounts of expertise within Islamic finance and financialization in Malaysia. (forthcoming) In Sharia Dynamics, Ed. Timothy Daniels. Palgrave MacMillan, Contemporary Anthropology of Religion Series.
  • Elder, Laura, Abrar Fitwi. "Unraveling risk and return in Malaysian Islamic banking: Does the perceived high return exist?" Journal of Economics, Finance, and Accounting, Vol. 2(2) (2015):194-207.
  • "Malaysian Airlines, Neoliberalism, and Business as Usual in Malaysia." Special Issue Inter-Asian (post) neoliberalism: Adoption, Disjuncture, and TransgressionAsian Journal of Social Science, Vol. 43 (1-2) (2015): 23-49.
  • "The Sinkholes of Global Finance: Racialization and Cosmopolitanism among Financial Elites in Malaysia." Journal of International and Global Studies, Vol. 3(2) (2012):47-65.
  • Faith in Finance: Muslim Women Re-making Financial Worlds. (book manuscript in preparation)

Professional Memberships 

  • American Anthropological Association
  • Association for the Anthropology of Policy
  • Association for Feminist Anthropology
  • Organizer for Interest Group for the Anthropology of Corporations
  • Society for Economic Anthropology
  • Society for Urban, National, Transnational/Global Anthropology
  • Critical Approaches to Islamic Law & Economy, International Collaborative Group
  • Association for Asian Studies
  • Malaysia, Singapore, and Brunei Studies Group
  • National Women’s Studies Association