Gabriel received his B.A. in Psychology and Pan African Studies from the California State University of Los Angeles in May 2013. Originally from the Philippine Islands, Gabriel migrated to the U.S. at the age of eight and has since lived nomadically throughout various parts of California. He views his intellectual project as two pronged. He is deeply interested in issues of non-western development and how it has been shaped by theories and movements of nationalist resistance to western imperialism. On the other hand, he has a fervent interest in social movements in the United States and how they have transformed the American political architecture while overlapping with the politics of the African Diaspora and "third world" in general. As a community organizer from Los Angeles who is grounded on the dynamic synthesis of scholarship and activism, he is no less concerned with finding transformative ways to engage projects of social change in the local community. Gabriel is currently a first year in the African Diaspora Studies Ph.D. program at the University of California, Berkeley.