Texas Applied Anthropology Summit

Building bridges to facilitate new conversations and collaborations around applied anthropology


emily brunson

Associate Professor

Texas State University

Emily Brunson is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at Texas State University. As a medical anthropologist, Emily is primarily interested in using her training in methods and theory to solve real world health issues. She has worked on a variety of projects including studies of childhood vaccination in Washington State and access to health care in Texas. Emily has a PhD in Anthropology and an MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Washington.

Reyda Taylor


PKE Insights


Based in Austin, TX, Reyda Taylor is a consultant specializing in user experience research and program evaluation, both in the nonprofit and the technology sectors. Reyda is particularly passionate about building bridges across the domains of product design and program development, to make research and evaluation more accessible and adaptable for nonprofits. Reyda is the Senior Consultant for Data & Evaluation at Mission Capital, founder and owner of PKE Insights, as well as a co-founder and Executive Director of Capacity Catalyst. She has a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Florida and a BA in Psychology from Ouachita Baptist University.