Associate Professor

Phone: 304-293-0862
Office Location: PAS 212
Office Hours: Monday 12:00–1:30 p.m., Tuesday 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Wednesday 2:00–3:30 p.m., and Thursday 3:00–4:00 p.m. Or by appointment
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Biographical Sketch

Dr. Gonzalo Bravo, a native from Santiago, Chile, has been part of the Sport Management faculty at the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences at West Virginia University since 2004.  He currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in sport governance, sport in the global market, research methods, and history and philosophy of sport.  Prior to academia, he was the Executive Sport Director at Fundación Club Deportivo Universidad Católica in Santiago.

His teaching interests include:  Globalization of sport, Policy and governance of sport, socio-cultural aspects of sport and, Ethical dimensions of sport.

Committees and Memberships

  • Founding Member, Latin American Association of Sport Management (ALGEDE)
  • Founding Member, Latin American Association for the Socio-Cultural Studies of Sport (ALESDE). 

Educational Background

Dr. Bravo completed a Master’s degree in sport administration at Penn State University and a Ph.D. in sport management at The Ohio State University.

Professional Highlights

  • In 2016, Bravo completed a sabbatical semester in Brazil and from 2014 to 2017 he was a visiting scholar at the University of Pittsburgh’s Center of Latin American Studies.

  • Visiting professor at the Research Center for Sport, Leisure and Society at Universidade Federal Do Paraná, Curitiba, Brazil
  • Co-editor of three books: International Sport Management (Human Kinetics, 2012), Sport in Latin America. Policy, Organization, Management (Routledge, 2016), and Sport Mega-Events in Emerging Economies (Palgrave, 2018).

Research Interests

    Bravo’s research combines his unique experience of serving in both the practitioners and the academic world. His research examines issues on policy and governance aspects of sport, and issues in organizational behavior in sport. His work has been published, among others, in the International Journal of Sport Management and Marketing, Managing Sport and Leisure, International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics and the Journal of Sport Management. 

    Bravo has presented his research at the annual conferences of the North American Society of Sport Management, North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, European Sport Management Association, and the International Society for Comparative Physical Education and Sport. He has also given keynote addresses in universities and sport organization in Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Macao, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe.


      • Researcher of the Year Award, CPASS at West Virginia University, spring 2012
      • Excellence in Service Award, CPASS at West Virginia University, spring 2012 - 2016
      • Excellence in Research Award, CPASS at West Virginia University, spring 2014