“I used to want the words ‘She tried’ on my tombstone. Now I want ‘She did it’.” -Katherine Dunham
Sarah Bruno is a Chicago Native, from the southside specifically, and she is a PhD candidate culminating her coursework in the Cultural Anthropology program at UW-Madison. Her research and art lie at the intersections of performance, diaspora, and disaster—more specifically Puerto Rico, Blackness, and Affect. Her doctoral work focuses on these intersections in lieu of Hurricane Maria and the process of rebuilding of the island. Bruno went to the University of Wisconsin-Madison for undergrad graduating with her B.A. in Spanish Literature and a B.A. in Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies. She is a proud a alum of the First Wave Hip Hop and Urban Arts program, a former Undergraduate Research Scholars Fellow, and McNair Scholar Bruno attributes these programs with instilling in her the entanglement of art and academia and her relentless passion to do keep them intertwined through and in her own research. Bruno hosts Weaponizing joy workshops on campus where she is able to use art and affect theory to address and arm participants for their journey towards mental health.