Gabrielle received her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts from the New School University in 2006. Subsequently, she received an M.A. in African American Studies from UC Berkeley in 2008, and participated as a Visiting Scholar at the School of Oriental and African Studies at University of London in the Anthropology of Food program (2008-2009). Successfully completing Qualifying Exams at UCB in 2012, Gabrielle is currently working-on a dissertation surrounding food imagery in African American literature which reflects her broader research interests in: the interplay between race, diet, and class; the potential for and impact of internalized systems of domination in relation to racial categorization and/or marginalization in identity construction; and the linguistic valence of food imagery in fictional renderings of African American experience.