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 husband, Greg Wright. I am conducting my anthropological fieldwork, while he is beginning graduate studies in history.

My primary research interested are focused in digital anthropology and medical anthropology.  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.

I was 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 have recently taken over the responsibility of convener (a strange title, currently the only leadership position) for DANG. I occasionally write for their blog and manage DANG’s G+ and Facebook accounts.

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