Gabriel Peoples

Gabriel Peoples

Assistant Professor, Gender Studies


  • Ph.D., University of Maryland, 2016
  • M.A., Cornell University, 2008
  • B.A., University of Michigan, 2006

About Gabriel Peoples

Gabriel Peoples is an Assistant Professor whose research can be located at the nexus of Performance, Gender, and Africana Studies. Currently, he is completing a manuscript, Goin’ Viral: Uncontrollable Blackness in Popular Culture and Everyday Life, that examines the rewards and risks of "viral performance"--repeated visual and sonic engagements with Blackness in popular culture and everyday life, which are packaged as images, films, and viral videos for mass consumption. Goin' Viral argues that while this Black virality supports commonsense ideologies about Black bodies, it also creates paths of alterity where Blackness is challenged and its histories renegotiated.

His broader interests include Black performance theory, visual culture, Sound Studies, Black masculinity, American Studies and HIV prevention. He is currently on the board of directors of Serving People With HIV/AIDS (SPWHA).