Gabriele Vom Bruck consulted, for many years, with the UN and EU countries on conflict resolution issues in Yemen and the regional conflict dynamics. She is Emeritus reader at the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at the University of London, SOAS.
She taught previously at the London School of Economics- from where she received a DPhil- and the University of Edinburgh. She has held visiting fellowship in Paris, Berlin and Princeton. She is a renowned authority on the Near and Middle East, in particular society and politics in Yemen, where she has been conducting extensive field research. She authored several books, book chapters, and academic papers.
One of her major studies, Ruling Families in Transition: Islam, Memory, and Morality in Yemen (2005), analyses the ambivalent ways in which the ruling elite of the Yemeni Imamate, which had enjoyed exclusive rights to the leadership for about a millennium, was incorporated into the republic in the aftermath of the 1962 revolution. Her latest monograph, Mirrored Loss: A Yemeni Woman’s Life Story was published in 2019. Her academic affiliations include the Royal Anthropological Institute and the Middle East Studies Association of North America.