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. (2021). The politics of theory and the practice of critical librarianship [Review of the book The politics of theory and the practice of critical librarianship, edited by K. P. Nicholson & M. Seale]. Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, 62(3), 347-348. doi: 10.3138/jelis.2020-0048 

Gabriel, J. R. (2021). The criticalness of LIS. Proceedings of ACRL Conference.

Gabriel, J. R. (2020). Investigating reading culture in Tanzania. Proceedings of ISIC, the Information Behaviour Conference, Pretoria, South Africa, 28 September - 1 October, 2020. Information Research, 25(4), paper isic2034.

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.


Gabriel, J.R. (2022, August 26). I work, therefore I am: A conversation with Katrina Spencer on overcommitment [Keynote]. Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, United States. 

Gabriel, J. R. (2022, August 12). Critical pedagogy: Towards transforming teaching and learning in LIS [Address]. University of North Carolina, Charlotte, Virtual.

Gabriel, J. R. (2021, May 17). Let’s get critical: Thinking expansively about criticality in LIS scholarship [Keynote]. Critical Pedagogy Symposium, Virtual.

Gabriel, J. R. (2021, March 29). Deciding where to live: Information studies on where to live [Panel presentation]. iConference, Virtual. 

Gabriel, J. R. (2021, April 13). The criticalness of LIS: Incorporating critical theory, pedagogy, and action in our research, teaching, and practice [Conference session]. ACRL Conference, Virtual.

Gabriel, J. R. (2020, November 4). Deciding where to live: Information studies on where to live [Panel presentation]. iSchool Doctoral Colloquium, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL, United States. 

Gabriel, J. R. (2020, October 1). Investigating reading culture in Tanzania [Conference session]. ISIC, the Information Behaviour Conference, Pretoria, South Africa. 

Gabriel, J. R. (2020, September 20). Racial Education, Activism, and Discussion (READ): Reading black literature [Panel discussion]. University Library, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Virtual.

Gabriel, J. R., Williams, J., & Leftwich, A. (2020, July 9). Supporting BIPOC library staff [Panel discussion]. Advancing Equity & Inclusion in the Workplace Symposium, Denver Public Library, Virtual. 

Gabriel, J. R. (2020, January 24). Understanding Japanese American World War II incarceration camp archival data [Conference session]. LEADS Forum, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, United States.