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Gabriel Aaron Piser

Department of Comparative Studies
451 Hagerty Hall (215) 816-5724
1775 S. College Rd
Columbus, OH 43210

2016 Ph.D., Comparative Studies, The Ohio State University
Dissertation: Appalachian Anthropocene: Conflict and Subject Formation in a Sacrifice Zone
2011 MA, Philosophy, SUNY-Binghamton
2008 BA, Sociology/Anthropology, Earlham College

Piser, G. (Solicited, in preparation) Appalachian Anthropocene: Conflict and Subject Formation in a
Sacrifice Zone. Morgantown, WV: West Virginia University Press.

Piser, G. (2016) Participation and Transformation in 21st Century Appalachian Scholarship. In R. A.
Fletcher and W. Schumann (Eds.) Appalachia Revisited: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives On
Regional Continuity And Change (319-338). Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky.
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Book Reviews
Piser, G. (2016) “Strategy and Experimentation in a Dangerous Present” (Review of Molecular
Red: Theory for the Anthropocene by M. Wark). Reviews in Cultural Theory 6.2: 30-35. Online

2016 “Political Ecology in Hostile Spaces: Networks of Tactical Solidarity for the Neoliberal
Anthropocene,” 2016 Dimensions of Political Ecology Conference, University of Kentucky,
Lexington, KY (February 27)


2017 “Environmental Justice, the Carceral State, and the Prison Ecology Project,” World-
Ecology Research Network Conference, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY (July 21-22)
2017 “Prisons, Health, and Environmental Justice: Mapping Toxic Prisons and a Strategy to Shut Them
Down,” Fight Toxic Prisons Convergence, University of North Texas, Denton/Ft. Worth, TX
(June 2-5)
2016 “Building an Intersectional Youth Movement,” Appalachian Studies Association & STAY (Stay
Together Appalachia Youth) Project Sponsored Workshop, Appalachian Studies Association
Conference, Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, WV (March 20)
2016 “Y’ALL Professional Advancement Discussion” Appalachian Studies Association & Y’ALL
Committee Sponsored Roundtable, Appalachian Studies Association Conference, Shepherd
University, Shepherdstown, WV (March 19)

2015 “Nonviolent Civil Disobedience Practicum,” Power and Privilege Symposium, Whitman College,
Walla Walla, WA (February 19)
2013 “Love in a Hopeless Place: Affinity, Precarity, and Resistance,” Department of Comparative
Literature, SUNY-Binghamton, Binghamton, NY (April 1)
2012 “Welcome to the Machine: Towards a Cyborg Rebellion,” Film Series Screening Lecture
Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Black Crow Collective, Columbus, OH (November 10th)
2011 “Coalitional Communities of Resistance,” MA Research Presentation, Comparative Studies, The
Ohio State University, Columbus, OH (November 14)
2009 “What the Frack?,” Midday Lecture Series, Biology Department, Tompkins County Community
College Dryden, NY (December 11)
2009 “Faces and Places of Coal Mining,” BU Beyond Coal film series, SUNY-Binghamton Beyond Coal
Campaign, Binghamton, NY (November 10)
2009 “Extraction Activism & Permaculture,” Bioneers Conference Land Stewardship Panel Participant,
Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY (October 17)
2009 “Sustainable Living: Permaculture, Urban Agriculture, and Alternative Energy,” Community
Conversations Radio Panel – WSKG - Binghamton, NY (April 21)

2015 “Conflict, Solidarity, Imagination: Affect in Appalachian Development,” Appalachian Studies
Association, Johnson City, TN (March 27-29)
2015 “Subjectivity and Resistance: Recording/Recoding Circuits of Energy in Land-based Political
Movements” Dimensions of Political Ecology, Lexington, KY (February 26-28)
2014 “Engaged, Collaborative, and Transdisciplinary: Experimentation in Anthropocene Environmental
Studies” Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences, New York, NY (June 11-14)
2014 “Becoming Bodies: Affective Circuits in the Bakken Gas Fields” in collaboration with Brett Zehner,
Anthropocene Feminism Conference, Milwaukee, WI (April 10-12)
2014 “Participation and Transformation in Twenty-first Century Appalachian Scholarship” Appalachian
Studies Association Conference, Huntington, WV (March 28-30)
2014 “On the Researcher’s Antennae: Energetic Attunement and Political Force” & “Experimental
Transduction: Towards a Nomadic Energy Science” Dimensions of Political Ecology Conference,
Lexington, KY (February 27 – March 1)
2013 “Public Humanities and the Neoliberal University” Imagining America: National Conference on the
Public Humanities, Syracuse, NY (October 4-6)
2013 “Hacking the Development Machine: Deleuze and Postcolonial Marxism” Rethinking Marxism,
Amherst, MA (September 19-22)
2012 “De-Colonizing the Commons: Epistemologies of Marxist Opposition to the Extraction Industry”
Historical Materialism, Toronto, Canada (May 11-13)
2011 “Wild Gardens and Coalitional Communities of Resistance” The 10th Annual York University
Graduate Students in Education Conference, Toronto, Canada (March 11-12)
2010 “Frack and Friction: The Contested Futures of Appalachian Development” Broome Community
College Environmental Ethics Conference, Binghamton, NY (April 17)
2008 “Introduction to Urban Sustainability” “Race and Privilege in Radical Communities” SUNY Social
Justice Conference, SUNY-Binghamton, Binghamton, NY (November 9-11)
2006 “Urban Sustainability” & “Seeing and Engaging Race and Privilege,” National Conference on
Organized Resistance, American University, Washington, DC (February 4)

2005 “Introduction to Urban Sustainability” & “Race and Privilege in Radical Communities”
Biodemocracy 2005 Summit: Reclaim the Commons!, Philadelphia, PA (June 19)

Ohio University (2016-2017)
Adjunct Professor (Department of Political Science)
“Introduction to Political Theory”

Ohio State University (2011-2016)

Instructor (Department of Comparative Studies)
“Environmental Perspectives on American Identity in the World ” (Writing Intensive) (3x)
“Science and Technology in American Society” (Writing Intensive) (3x)
Graduate Teaching Associate (Department of Comparative Studies)
“Technology, Science and Society” (2x)

SUNY-Binghamton (2009-2011)
Instructor (Department of Geological Sciences and Environmental Studies)
“Sustainability and Social Movements”
Teaching Assistant (Department of Philosophy)
“Environmental Ethics”
Academic Support Staff (Discovery Center for Academic Excellence)
Departments: Sociology, Anthropology, Philosophy, Geological Sciences and Environmental Studies


2013-2014 Imagining America: Public Humanities Fellowship


2014 Appalachian Studies Association Conference Scholarship
2014 Imagining America: Conference Scholarship
2013 CUNY Critical Participatory Action Research Summer Institute Scholarship
2013 Arts and Humanities Graduate Research Grant
2012 Comparative Studies Matching Travel Grant

2016 Appalachian Studies Association Young Appalachian Leaders and Learners (Y’ALL)
Committee Co-organizer
2016 Appalachian Studies Association Diversity and Inclusion Committee Member

Ohio State University
2016 Comparative Studies Teaching Committee – Member
2015 Incoming Comparative Studies Graduate Student Teaching Orientation – Panel Participant

2015 Comparative Studies Teaching Committee – Member

2013 Marxist Literary Group Summer Institute – Co-organizer
2011-2013 Comparative Studies Undergraduate Student Group – Convener

2011 Philosophy Interpretation and Culture Program – Conference Co-organizer
2009-2011 Philosophy Interpretation and Culture Program – Outreach and Planning Committee
2009-2010 Philosophy Interpretation and Culture Program – Senate Representative

Ohio State University
2016-2017 Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity – Research Consultant/Coordinator
2011-2013 Mount Scholars Service Learning and Current Events Workshop Facilitator

2010-2011 Graduate Vice President of Multicultural Affairs
2009-2011 Student Action Collective – Student Group Advisor
2009-2011 Binghamton Political Initiative – Student Group Advisor
2008-2011 SUNY-Binghamton Campus Climate Challenge – Student Group Advisor
2008-2011 Sierra Club Coal Campaign – Student Group Advisor
2008-2011 Experimental Media Organization – Student Group Advisor


2016-Present Consultant and Project Coordinator – Prison Ecology Project (Ongoing)

Cleveland, OH
2017 Detroit-Shoreway Community Development Corporation Equity Meeting – Invited Participant

Columbus, OH
2012 Sporeprint Community Center and Infoshop – Strategic Planning Facilitator
2011-2013 Chittenden Co-Housing Collective – Strategic Planning Facilitator

Binghamton, NY
2008-2011 Co-Founder/Board Member – Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition (BRSC)
2010-2011 BRSC Fundraising Committee – Member
2009-2011 BRSC Gas Task Force – Co-Chair
2009-2011 Shaleshock Speaker’s Bureau – Community Educator
2009 BRSC Transition Towns Conference – Core Organizer
2008 SUNY Social Justice Conference – Core Organizer and Workshop Leader


2017-Present Program Specialist for School and Youth, The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio
2003-Present Diversity and Inclusion Educator and Consultant
2005-Present Permaculture Design Consultant – Various Clients (Ongoing)
2012 Seasonal Assistant Manager – Growing Matters Urban Food Garden Program
2009 Designer and Lead Facilitator “Service Learning for a Green Collar Economy” Youth Leadership
and Ecological Literacy Program – City of Binghamton and Broome County Cornell Cooperative
2009 New York Statewide Natural Gas Activism Summit Coordinator – Catskill Mountainkeeper
2007-2008 Counselor Training Program Designer/Co-Director – Camp Dark Waters
2006 Assistant to President and Chair – Niche Recycling and RecycleNOW Campaign
2006 Assistant to Program Director – Mid-Atlantic Consortium of Recycling and Economic Development
2006 Conflict Resolution Facilitator – Mountain Justice Campaign, Chattanooga, TN

2013 Critical Participatory Action Research Summer Institute (CUNY Graduate School, New York, NY)
2009 Activist Training and Strategy (RUCKUS Society, Ithaca, NY )
2004 Permaculture Certification (Otamatea Ecovillage, New Zealand)
2002-2004 Experiential Pedagogy and Anti-Racism Workshops (Training for Change, Philadelphia, PA)

English: Native Speaker
Spanish: Non-native
Expressive: Intermediate
Written: Intermediate

American Sociological Association
Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences
Appalachian Studies Association