Gabriel is a PhD Candidate in Communications & Media from Elgin, Illinois. He has his BA in English, with a focus on Creative Writing, from Valparaiso University, and a Master's of Science in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois's iSchool. In his free time, Gabriel enjoys gaming with his tabletop roleplaying groups, playing MMORPGs, reading soft science fiction and urban fantasy novels, walking around Urbana, and watching the sky for storms and stars.
Queer Theory. Feminist Theory, Gender & Sexuality Online, Media Studies, Science & Technology Studies. Online Cultures, Online Communities, News & Information Flows, Right-Wing Media
Gabriel's research focuses primarily upon the development (and intersection) of disinformation flows and algorithmic cultures within the evolving context of the Internet's (and the media in general's) increasingly interconnected landscape. Specifically, his dissertation focuses upon the development and growth of right-wing internet forums, with a particular focus upon how different actors and agents cultivated and leveraged an algorithmic culture in order to propagate the spread of both disinformation and of its users’ ideology of alt-right nationalism and hate. The dissertation emphasizes the importance of design, both as a contributing factor in the alt-right's development and as a potential center for paths to resistance (which can be found within trans, feminist, queer, and other design methodologies of difference).
Additional Campus Affiliations
PhD Candidate - Institute of Communications Research