Gwyneth Bravo has global leadership experience in higher education and is a Global Network Assistant Professor of Music and Assistant Professor of Music at NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Steinhardt. She holds a PhD in historical musicology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and is a 2016 graduate of the University of Oxford Centre for Refugee Studies-International Summer Programme in Forced Migration.
Gwyneth’s research examines the relationship between music, politics and philosophy in 20th and 21st century European and global contexts, with a focus on nationalism, forced migration, conflict and gender. A Fulbright Scholar to Germany, Bravo worked with the research group Exilmusik at the University of Hamburg and is published in the book Lebenswege von Musikerinnen im Dritten Reich und im Exil – a volume examining the impact of National Socialism, forced migration and exile on European women musicians during the period 1933-1945.
Recent grants that Gwyneth has received that are focused on the establishing global cooperation and understanding through the arts and music include a NYU Office of the Provost Curricular Development Challenge Fund Award (Global Collaboration: Artistic Dialogue Across Borders, 2019-2020), an NYUAD Institute Workshop Grant (Translucent Borders: Dance and Music in Global Dialogue, 2019), and an NYUAD Institute Grant for a Peace Fellow-Lecture Series and Residency, 2019-2020.
At NYU and NYUAD, Gwyneth serves on numerous committees, including on the NYU-Prague Global Advisory Committee (2016-present), the Inclusion Equity and Action Committee (2019-present) and on the Peace Studies Faculty Curriculum Committee (2016-present), where she played a key role in establishing and developing the peace studies minor.
As an outgrowth of her research, several of her courses explore music as a form of cultural diplomacy in international and global politics, as well as the role of the arts and music-based cultural diplomacy in supporting conflict zone mediation and peacebuilding.