About Sydney

My name is Sydney Yeager. I am cultural anthropologist and ABD PhD candidate at SMU (Southern Methodist University). I am living in central Arkansas my son Merlin and my husband, Greg Wright.

I am teaching introduction to cultural anthropology at Hendrix College, while writing my dissertation.

My primary research interests are focused in digital anthropology, medical anthropology, and religion. My medical interests are in the areas of neuroanthropology, consciousness, biocultural medical anthropology, and social well-being. I am interested in the anthropological study of friendship, community, and religion as well. More broadly speaking, I am interested in folk healing, spirituality, identity, consciousness, intimacy, communitias, the processes of acculturation, education, community, cultural change, and the impact of our increasingly digitalized social lives.

In particular, I plan to conduct my PhD dissertation research on online communities and their impact on participants’ lives and social well-being. You can follow the progress of my dissertation project on my blog Digital Humanism.

I was recently re-elected to the Executive Board of the Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness. I am SAC’s first Media & Social Media Chair. I manage SAC’s Twitter account SAC_Tweets, Facebook Fan Page, and recently established an official blog for SAC.

I am also a founding member of the AAA’s new Digital Anthropology Interest Group, fondly known as DANG. I occasionally write for their blog and manage DANG’s G+ and Facebook accounts.

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