Sydney Yeager

Sydney Yeager earned her Ph.D. in cultural anthropology at Southern Methodist University, specializing in the intersection of medical anthropology and the anthropology of religion within digital cultural spaces.

She is an honors graduate of the University of Central Arkansas where she received her BS in History with minors in Anthropology and Interdisciplinary in December of 2009.She entered the SMU cultural anthropology program in the fall of 2010.

She obtained her MA in 2012 and continued at SMU for her Ph.D. Sydney’s dissertation focuses on the use of social media platforms in response to health crises and death, a global phenomenon which she examines within the context of urban centers and rural areas in the Southern United States. Additional areas of research interest include Neuroanthropology, Health and Religion, Social Media’s impact on Identity, Community, and Social Relationships, Digital Technology and Distraction Related Accidents.

Curriculum Vitae
Dissertation Website:

Region of Study:

  • Global Online Communities
  • North America
  • Europe

Honors and Awards:

2020 SMU Peggy Harrison Scholarship

2017 Great Bear Writing Project’s Invitational Summer Institute – National Writing Project
2016 SMU Peggy Harrison Scholarship2014 SMU Graduate Students Association Presentation Travel Grant
2013 SMU Steed Travel Award
2013 SMU Graduate Students Association Presentation Travel Grant
2012 SMU Mary Moore Free Summer Research Grant – Ireland Fieldwork
2010 to 2013 SMU Anthropology Teaching Assistantship
2008 Student Travel Grant – UCA Dean of College of Liberal Arts Fund
2007 SURF (Student Undergraduate Research Fund) Grant
2008 Travel Abroad Grant – Greece: Archaeological Dig
2007 Travel Abroad Grant – Tanzania: Environmental Science and Sociology
2007 Travel Abroad Grant – Baltic States: History, Ethnography, and Political Science