Sydney Silverstein

Cohort: 2012


  • MA, Anthropology, University of Kansas
  • BA, Art Practice, University of California, Berkeley


My doctoral research examines the impacts of the global trade in illicit narcotics within and around the coca-growing regions of Peru.  My focus is primarily on the increase in drug use and abuse in urban areas, as well as the myriad ways in which coca, cocaine, and pasta basica are depicted in popular media, political discourse, and public health campaigns.  I am also interested in visual praxis, or how I might pursue these research questions through methods of (participatory) visual anthropology, including photo elicitation, film, and other forms of critical, creative work.

Advisor: Dr. Nugent