Gabriel is a design researcher at IDEO and an affiliate faculty member at the Emerson College Engagement Lab. His research and practice focuses on the intersection of technology, media and community building.
Gabriel has a background in industry and academic research, as well as arts and activism. At Emerson he teaches courses on digital media and qualitative research. Prior to IDEO, Gabriel was a research associate at the Engagement Lab, conducting traditional scholarly research on civic media innovation in the United States, as well as applied research using augmented reality technology as a means for archiving and communicating local history in communities facing gentrification. He holds a Ph.D in Information Studies from Syracuse University, where his research focused on learning, collaboration, and governance on large scale online communities.
Gabriel is the founder of the Transformative Culture Project, a Boston based nonprofit that engages young people in telling stories about activists, artists, and educators in their community. With French 2D, he co-founded Place/Setting, a social art installation designed to host intimate dinner conversations made semi-transparent so as to communicate how ideas are shared within and amongst individuals, organizations, and experts in various contexts. From 2015-2017 Gabriel was a research affiliate at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.