In-Coming Board Members and New SMA Staff

SMA welcomes three in-coming Board Members Elise Andaya , Nolwazi, and Raikhel, and a New Webmaster Sydney Yeager.


Elise Andaya
State University of New York
In-Coming Member-at-Large

Elise Andaya is associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University at Albany (State University of New York). Her research interests lie at the intersection of gender, reproduction, health citizenship, and access to health care in the United States and in Cuba. Her book, Conceiving Cuba: Reproduction, Women, and the State in the Post-Soviet Era (2014) won the Adele E. Clarke Award Best Book on Reproduction from the interdisciplinary group ReproNetwork and received Honorary Mention in the Association for Feminist Anthropology’s Michelle Z. Rosaldo Award for Best First Book in Feminist Anthropology. Her current research examines temporal inequalities and questions of time shape access to, and experiences of, prenatal care for women who work in low-wage service-sector jobs.



Eugene Raikhel
University of Chicago
In-Coming Member-at-Large

Eugene Raikhel is an associate professor in the Department of Comparative Human Development at the University of Chicago.  He is a cultural and medical anthropologist with interests encompassing the anthropology of science, biomedicine and psychiatry; culture and mental health; addiction and its treatment; biogenetic identity and sociality; and post-socialist transformations in Eurasia. He particularly concerned with the circulation of new forms of knowledge and clinical intervention produced by biomedicine, neuroscience and psychiatry. He is author of Governing Habits: Treating Alcoholism in the Post-Soviet Clinic (Cornell University Press, 2016), co-editor (with William Garriott) of the volume Addiction Trajectories (Duke University Press 2013), and editor of the medical anthropology web-forum Somatosphere.



Nolwazi Mkhwanazi
University of Witwatersrand
In-Coming Member-at-Large

Nolwazi Mkhwanazi is a senior lecturer in Anthropology at the University of the Witwatersrand, and presently a senior researcher in the Medical Humanities programme at WISER (Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research). Her research interests revolve around issues concerning life course, kinship and care in Southern Africa. She has conducted research in Botswana, Swaziland and South Africa. Nolwazi is co-editor, with Deevia Bhana, of Young Families: Gender, Sexuality, and Care (In press, HSRC Press).






Sydney Yeager
Southern Methodist University
In-Coming Webmaster

Sydney Yeager is a doctoral candidate in cultural anthropology at Southern Methodist University (SMU). 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.

Learn more about Sydney and her research at or on Twitter: @slyphi