Sydney Meredith Silverstein, Ph.D.

Population and Public Health Sci
Assistant Professor
2555 University Blvd 226, 3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435-0001

PhD, Emory University, 2018

I am trained as an anthropologist and filmmaker, and apply this background to both anthropological and public health research. Broadly I am interested in a hemispheric approach to drug studies and the War on Drugs, and particularly the experiences of people living with substance use disorders (SUD) and/or in recovery from SUD. More information about my work can be found on my personal website:


Research Statement

Research and Interests

Ethnography, Addiction & Recovery, The War on Drugs, Collaborative and Multimedia Research Methods

Area Specializations: Latin America (Peru/Amazonia) & Urban U.S. (Midwest).

Languages: Spanish (fluent), Portuguese (conversational), Quechua (beginner/conversational).




Danielle M. Gainer, Ramzi W. Nahhas, Tyler Vanderhoof, Sydney M. Silverstein, Mark D. Wright, Samantha O. Vanderhoof & Shannon C. Miller (2021) Exploring the Interactions between Non-Medical Methamphetamine Use and Prescribed Buprenorphine or Naltrexone in Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Retention, Substance Use & Misuse, DOI: 10.1080/10826084.2021.1975747

Silverstein, S.M., Daniulaityte, R., Getz, K., Zule, W. (2021). “‘It’s Crazy What Meth Can Help You Do’: Lay Beliefs, Practices, and Experiences of Using Methamphetamine to Self-Treat Symptoms of Opioid Withdrawal" Substance Use & Misuse.

Silverstein, S.M. (2021)  “A Second Chance: Re-enactment and Recovery Narratives in a Peruvian Drug Rehabilitation Center”. Medical Anthropology Quarterly 35(2): 190-208.

Daniulaityte, R., Silverstein, S.M., Crawford, T.N., Martins, S., Zule, W. Carlson, R.G. (2020). Methamphetamine Use and Its Correlates among Individuals with Opioid Use Disorder in a Midwestern City. Substance Use and Misuse.

Carlson, R.G., Daniulaityte, R., Silverstein, S.M., Nahhas, R.W., Martins, S. (2020) “Unintentional drug overdose: Is more frequent use of non-prescribed buprenorphine associated with lower risk of overdose?” International Journal of Drug Policy.


Silverstein, S.M., Daniulaityte, R., Miller, S.C., Martins, S.S., Carlson, R.G., (2020). “On My Own Terms: Motivations for Self-Treating Opioid Use Disorder with Non-Prescribed Buprenorphine.” Drug and Alcohol Dependence 201.

Núñez, C., Martín, M., Silverstein, S.M., Rodríguez, R. (in press). “Suicidios en los Tiempos de Coca: Género, violencia y cambios sociales en comunidades ticuna de la Amazonía peruana” in Violencias Contra las Mujeres, W. Hernández, ed. Lima: GRADE.

Silverstein, S.M., Daniulaityte, R., Martins, S., Miller, S., Carlson, R.G., (2019). “’Everything is not right anymore’: Buprenorphine experiences in an era of illicit fentanyl” International Journal of Drug Policy 74: 76-83.

Daniulaityte, R., Nahhas, R.W., Silverstein, S.M., Martins, S., Zaragoza, A., Moeller, A., & Carlson, R.G. (2019). Patterns of Non-Prescribed Buprenorphine and Other Opioid Use Among Individuals with Opioid Use Disorder: A Latent Class Analysis. Drug and Alcohol Dependence 204.

Grimshaw, A. and S.M. Silverstein. 2018. “The Ax Fight: A Critical Engagement with the work of Tim Asch and John Marshall.” Visual Anthropology Review 34(2): 113-123.

Kawa, N.C., Ulmer, G.L. and Silverstein, S.M. 2018. A Pretext for Plunder? Environmental Change and State-Led Redevelopment in the Peruvian Amazon. Anthropology Today 34(2): 14-17.

Silverstein, S.M. 2017. “Inside a Uniform Imaginary: Gender, Politics, and Aesthetics in Peruvian Technical Education. Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology 22(3): 578-597.

Ditzler, A, and S.M. Silverstein. 2016. Embodied Curation: Materials, Performance and the Generation of Knowledge. Visual Methodologies 4(1): 52-63.

Silverstein, S.M. 2014. “La Mamá de los Pollitos.” Journal of Video Ethnography 1(1).

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