Gabriel Piser is a doctoral student at OSU in Comparative Studies who is focusing on critical development studies, collaborative research methods, and political ecology. In particular, diverse economies and relations of affect which produce ecologies and politics through structures of inclusion and exclusion. He is originally from Philadelphia, and before moving to Columbus he completed a Master’s degree in interdisciplinary decolonial philosophy at SUNY-Binghamton and a BA in Sociology/Anthropology from Earlham College. He has many years of experience in participatory and democratic educational settings, regional sustainability consultancy and program design. He has offered workshops on sustainability, white supremacy, protest emergency medicine, and tactical direct action skills for participants at the US Social Forum in Atlanta, Georgia, for activists in Valencia, Spain, for students at various colleges in the Midwest, for community members in Philadelphia, and most recently for attendees at the SUNY-Social Justice Conference at SUNY-Binghamton. He has worked as a blacksmith, a caterer, and in the ares of youth leadership and ecological literacy, local food systems, urban and rural sustainability.