Graduate Students


Shay Cannedy

Graduate Student

Heroy Hall 438A

Before entering the graduate program at SMU in 2009, Shay Cannedy studied anthropology at Antioch College (BA, 1997) and San Francisco State University (MA, 2005). Her thesis research at SFSU focused on the complex, shifting identities of Tibetan refugee youth living in the San Francisco Bay Area. She maintains an interest in subjective experiences of displacement and refugee resettlement and currently focuses on Congolese refugees living in Ireland. Her interests also include gender, belonging, and civic and transnational poltiical action in the Congolese diaspora.

Entered program in 2009

Region of Study:

Ireland and D.R. Congo


"Crafting Citizens: Resettlement Agencies and Refugee Incorporation in the United States." Practicing Anthropology 33(4):29-34 (2011).

Research Reports:

"Refugee Families in Transition: Needs Assessment and Evaluation of Healthy Families Curricula," report for Refugee Services of Texas (2009).

"Burmese Refugees in Dallas: A Pilot Study on Family and Health Issues," report for Texas Health Resources (with Caroline Brettell, Lisa Haayen, Cari Heckert, Laura Jarvis, Beibei Yang, and Amber Zabka)(2010).

Master's Thesis:

"(Un)Bounded Hearts: Marriage, Dating, and Identity in the Tibetan Diaspora." Department of Anthropology, San Francisco State University. Committee: Dr. James Quesada, Dr. Bernie Wong, Dr. Keila Diehl. (2005).

Honors and Awards:

2013 National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant
2013 Ruth Landes Memorial Research Fund for dissertation research
2012 Student Development Grant, Office of Research and Graduate Studies, SMU
2012 Steed Travel Award, Department of Anthropology, SMU
2011 Kemper Endowment Fund for Research in Social and Cultural Anthropology, Pre-dissertation Research Grant, "Citizenship, Political Engagement, and Belonging Among Congolese Women in Ireland"
2011 Graduate Student Research Competition Award (with Cari Heckert and Laura Jarvis), SMU
2010 Graduate Student Association Award, SMU
2010 Maguire and Irby Family Public Service Award, SMU

Memberships and Affiliations:

American Anthropological Association
Society for Applied Anthropology
Society for the Anthropology of Europe
Society for Urban, National and Transnational Anthropology
Association for Political and Legal Anthropology
Association for Feminist Anthropology
Reframing Africa Research Cluster, Dedman College, Interdisciplinary Institute, SMU