Graduate Students


Sydney Yeager

Graduate Student


Sydney Yeager is a Ph.D. student in the cultural anthropology program, specializing in the intersection of medical anthropology and the anthropology of religion. Her current research is focused on folk healers in Ireland who employ traditional natural remedies and spiritual healing practices. Broadly, she is interested in healing, spirituality, identity, consciousness, the processes of acculturation, education, and cultural change. She entered the SMU cultural anthropology program in the fall of 2010. She is an honors graduate from the University of Central Arkansas where she received her BS in History with minors in Anthropology and Interdisciplinary in December of 2009.


Entered program in 2009

Region of Study:

Europe: With emphasis on Northern and Western Europe, specifically the Republic of Ireland and the British Isles.

Honors and Awards:

Travel Abroad Grant - Tanzania Study Abroad
Travel Abroad Grant - Baltic States Study Abroad
Travel Abroad Grant - Greece Archaeological Dig
SURF Grant - Student Undergraduate Research Grant for her Honors College Thesis researching Traditional Healers in the Ozarks Region