• Associate Professor (Fall 2019)
  • Assistant Professor of Anthropology (2014 – 2019)
    Department of Anthropology
    Western Washington University


  • University of New Mexico
    MA (2005), Ethnology & Linguistics
    PhD. (2013), Ethnology & Linguistics

Dissertation: “Sowing Seeds for the Future to Honor Tigua History and Tradition”: Diabetes Prevention Practices at Ysleta del Sur Pueblo

Committee: Dr. Les Field (Chair), Dr. Beverly Singer, Dr. Erin Debenport, Dr. Louise Lamphere, Dr. Nina Wallerstein

  • University of Chicago
    BA (1999), Anthropology & Latin American Studies
    MA (2003), Master of Arts Program in the Social Science (focus on Federal Indian Law)

    MA Thesis
    : Issues of Tigua Recognition: Negotiating Legal and Ethnic Identity on the U.S. – Mexico Border. Committee: Dr. Straus and Dr. Fogelson
    BA Thesis: From Failed Literacy Programs to a Pan-Indian Identity: The Role of Indigenismo in the Formation of the Mexican Indian, 1920-1940. B.A. Thesis. Advisor: Dr. Straus

For a complete list of current projects, please check out my research page and download my Bruna-CV-2019.