Sean Bruna, PhD. is an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Anthropology at Western Washington University. Dr. Bruna uses community-based and collaborative mixed-methods to examine the intersections of identity and community health. His current research includes testing heath interventions for other Latinx or American Indians living with chronic disease, examinations of disciplinary trends in anthropology, documentation of risky fieldwork practices and COVID-19 management strategies.
As a Latinx scholar, Dr. Bruna is dedicated to creating a more inclusive and supportive environment for students in his lab, with colleagues in his department, and for the university as a whole. Dr. Bruna actively teaches 6 to 8 courses a year, advises at least 40 undergraduate students a quarter (35 undergrads and 5 graduate students), and is the Director of the Graduate Program for the Department of Anthropology. Many of his courses explore advanced methodologies or are graduate degree level courses, though he regularly teaches Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, a favorite course of his that welcome students to Western Washington University and introduces them to anthropology.