Graduate Students


Saira A. Mehmood

Graduate Student


I graduated from Tulane University with a B.S. and M.A. in Anthropology in 2008 and 2009. Prior to coming to SMU, I completed a fellowship at city hall in New Orleans, where one of my research projects included assessing mental health services in the city. My dissertation research was inspired by my earlier research at city hall, where I learned that the largest mental health institution in the city after Hurricane Katrina is Orleans Parish Prison. My interest in mental health and health disparities has led me to investigate how individuals diagnosed with chronic mental illnesses access community mental health services and the barriers they face.


Entered program in 2010.

Region of Study:

North America

Awards and Honors:

Graduate Student Development Grant, SMU
Graduate Student Assembly Grant, SMU
Paul Steed Travel Award, SMU Department of Anthropology
Robert Kemper Endowment Fund for Summer Research
Mary Moore Pre-Dissertation Fund
Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, Honorable Mention


2015 Mehmood, Saira. "Producing Rape-Free Campus Cultures." Anthropology News. March/April Issue.

2014 Mehmood, Saira. Book Review: Markets of Sorrow, Labors of Faith: New Orleans in the Wake of Katrina by Vincanne Adams, Student Anthropologist 4(1):73-74.