Sean Bruna

Assistant Professor, Anthropology Western Washington University
Biography 

Sean holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in Anthropology from the University of Chicago and a Masters degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of New Mexico.  His dissertation, "Sowing the seeds for the future to honor Tigua history and tradition" utilizes community based participatory research to examine indigenous epistemologies, religious gardening practices, and diabetes prevention at Ysleta del Sur Pueblo, Texas. Dr. Bruna accepted a position with the Department of Anthropology at Western Washington University.

Research Interests 

Sean Bruna-Lewis is a research scientist on the National Institutes of Health funded "Corazon por la Vida: Comparative Effectiveness Research for Eliminating Disparities", a large interdisciplinary study which is examining promotora led hypertension management among Latios.

Sean holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in Anthropology from the University of Chicago and a Masters degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of New Mexico.  His dissertation, "Sowing the seeds for the future to honor Tigua history and tradition" utilizes community based participatory research to examine indigenous epistemologies, religious gardening practices, and diabetes prevention at Ysleta del Sur Pueblo, Texas.

Sean was born in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and his family is from both Mexico and Cuba. His older brother, Emilio, is a professor in the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation and the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida. In his free time, Sean enjoys travel and learning Shao-Lin Kung-Fu.
Sean has held research fellowships and internships with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Smithsonian Institution, the New Mexico Office of Cultural Affairs, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the University of New Mexico’s Center for Southwest Research. Dr. Bruna accepted a position with the Department of Anthropology at Western Washington University.

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