Jamillah R. Gabriel

Jamillah Gabriel

Doctoral Student

PhD, Information Sciences, Illinois (in progress)

MA, Museum Studies, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

MLIS, Library and Information Science, San Jose State University

BA, Black Studies, California State University, Long Beach

AA, English, Cerritos College


Research focus

My research focuses on issues at the nexus of information and race and interrogates how these issues impact Black people and communities. My dissertation project examines the information behavior of Black people within the context of cultural heritage institutions.

Honors and Awards

  • Drexel University, Metadata Research Center, LEADS-4-NDP Fellowship, 2019
  • Unit for Criticism and Theory, Nicholson Graduate Fellowship, 2019
  • ACRL Student Scholarship, 2019
  • Illinois International Programs, Earl & Janice Kellogg International Award, 2018

Publications & Papers

Gabriel, J. R. (2020). In search of home: Examining information seeking and sources that help African Americans determine where to live. In M. G. Ocepek & W. Aspray (Eds.), Deciding where to live: Information studies on where to live in America (pp. 259-280). Rowman & Littlefield.


"Investigating Reading Culture in Tanzania,” Presenter, ISIC Conference, Pretoria, South Africa, October 2020.

"READ: Reading Black Literature," Invited Panelist, Racial Education, Activism, and Discussion, Champaign, Illinois, September 2020.

"Supporting Library Staff of Color," Invited Panelist, Advancing Equity & Inclusion in the Workplace Symposium, Denver, Colorado, July 2020.

"Understanding Japanese American World War II Incarceration Camp Archival Data," Presenter, LEADS Forum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, January 2020.

"At the Nexus of Information Science and African American Studies," Presenter, African American Studies Brown Bag Series, Champaign, Illinois, February 2019.

Conceptualizing Diversity and Inclusion in Information Sciences as Doctoral Students of Color, Co-Presenter, JCLC Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico, September 2018.