The next Qualitative Cafe lunch seminar will be held Thursday, May 12, from 12 to 1 p.m. The seminar, titled "There has to be a better way! Ethnographic Community-Based Methods to Researching Diabetes Prevention," will feature Anthropology Ph.D. candidate and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy Fellow Sean P. Bruna-Lewis. It will be held in the College of Nursing building, room 252.
The presentation reviews Bruna-Lewis's dissertation research findings regarding Type II diabetes prevention at Ysleta del Sur Pueblo and then focuses on his application of qualitative and quantitative methods. Particular attention is given to qualitative methods that can be applied in other health research studies by non-anthropologists. A discussion and answer session will follow the presentation.
Bruna-Lewis received his bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Chicago and is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Anthropology. In 2002, he began researching with Ysleta del Sur Pueblo and completed a masters thesis that examined public debates concerning ethnic identity as it emerged during a legal suit that threatened the Pueblo's casino.
In 2006, following in-depth consultations with tribal community leaders, Bruna-Lewis redirected his research towards community based research and diabetes prevention, the topic of his dissertation. Bruna-Lewis' future plans are to continue his anthropological research and intervention studies as junior faculty member at a research institution.