Sociology Graduate Students

Robin C Gabriel
  • Pronouns she/her
  • Title
    • Ph.D. Candidate
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Sociology Department
  • Affiliations Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, Feminist Studies Department
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Rachel Carson College Academic Building, 000
  • Mail Stop Rachel Carson College Faculty Services
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High St.
    • Santa Cruz California 95064

Research Interests

My dissertation, tentatively titled "'Poetry is Not a Luxury': Decoloniality and Palestinian-American Youth Artivism" explores how Palestinian-American youth use poetry to imagine and craft alternative decolonial futures, critique colonial systems of knowledge, and organize alongside other global and local anti-colonial movements.

Biography, Education and Training

Ph.D., Sociology, University of California Santa Cruz (in progress, 2026)


M.A., Sociology, University of California Santa Cruz (2021)


M.A., Peace and Conflict Management Studies, University of Haifa, Occupied Palestine (2016)


B.A., Sociology & Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, University of Washington, Seattle (2014)

Honors, Awards and Grants

FLAS fellowship, Summer 2022


UCSC Regents’ Fellowship - 2019-2020


“Soar Award” for Outstanding Adjunct Faculty of the year, Columbia Basin College, Pasco, WA 2019


Faculty of the Year Nominee, Yakima Valley College, Grandview, WA 2016/17


Herring-Phelps Award for Scholarly Activism, University of Washington, 2014



Selected Publications


Gabriel, Robin (2022). “Coloniality & Necropolitics in the Age of Covid-19: The Question of Palestine” Asian Journal of Law and Society, Special Issue.


Hiroshi Fukurai, Robin Gabriel, and Xiaochen Liang (2022) “The COVID-19 crisis, Herd Immunity, and “Vaccine Apartheid” in the Age of Anthropocene” Asian Journal of Law and Society, Special Issue.


Co-editor of the forthcoming special issue in The Asian Journal of Law and Society, “COVID-19 and Herd Immunity in Asia in the Age of Anthropocene”


Gabriel, Robin. (2021). “Book Review - Justice for Some: International Law and the Question of Palestine by Noura Erakat” Asian Journal of Law and Society, 8:1. 

Selected Presentations

Panel presentation, 2023 Convening of the Institute for the Critical Study of Zionism, "The University as Front Line: Zionist Recruitment & Settler-Colonial Desires for Indigeneity"