I’m an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Western Washington University and use collaborative mixed-methods research to examine the intersections of identity, health and other social issues. Some of my current research draws from public health and anthropology to (1) test health interventions for Latinos or American Indians living with chronic disease, (2) examines gender-based disciplinary trends in anthropology, and (3) documents risky fieldwork practices and mitigation strategies, all with a critical eye on policies and practices that impact underserved populations.
I actively teach 6-8 courses a year and advise both undergraduate and graduate students. You can learn more about my previous advisee’s research on the publications page and meet current students in the Lab Members page.
I first became interested in the health of underrepresented peoples in high school when I wrote my U.S. Senator about health care access and insurance for the growing Latinx population in the United States. After completing my bachelors and Masters degrees, I shifted by exploring community health practices in an unusual setting –the Amazonian region of Ecuador– and later focused my attention back on the U.S.–Mexico border. Returning back to my home for health research was not a difficult decision to make. While I enjoyed researching in the Amazon, I felt there were simply too many health issues in the United States that needed (and still need) attention.
My brother, Dr. Emilio Bruna and I were both born in México and our mother and father are from Mexico and Cuba, respectively. My wife, Dr. Heather Fullerton, is a microbiologist at the University of Charleston.
Download my curriculum vitae.