Rami Gabriel - Columbia College Chicago

Rami Gabriel

Associate Professor



Rami Gabriel, PhD, is Associate Professor of Psychology in the Department of Humanities, History, and Social Sciences at Columbia College Chicago.

Current research interests include the philosophy of psychology, consciousness, the self, affective neuroscience, and emotions. He publishes in the following journals: Philosophical Psychology, Journal of Consciousness Studies, New Ideas in Psychology, Frontiers in Psychology, Theory & Psychology.

His first book, Why I Buy: Self, Taste, and Consumer Society in America (2013), is published by Intellect Press UK and distributed in America by University of Chicago Press.

Dr. Gabriel is a founding fellow at the Columbia College Chicago Liberal Arts and Sciences Research group in Mind, Science, and Culture (http://www.colum.edu/academics/mind-science-culture/). The group's focus is on the evolution of emotion, this work eventuated in Dr. Gabriel's second book, co-authored with Dr. Stephen T Asma, The Emotional Mind: Affective Roots of Culture and Cognition (Harvard University Press, 2019).

His third book, A Suspicious Science: The Uses of Psychology was published by Oxford University Press in 2023.

Dr. Gabriel is also a composer and professional musician. His musical interests center on Middle Eastern classical and folk music, American Jazz, Blues, and Soul, as well as musique concrete. He has produced several albums with Illinois Arts Council grants and looks forward to further expanding his artistic scope.

Instructional Areas

Courses taught include: Self and Identity: the Mind–Body Question, The Psychology of Consciousness, Freud and His Legacy in Twentieth Century Arts, Drugs and the Brain, Evolution of the Mind, Soul, Country and USA, and Emotions.

Creative Practice and Research Interests

Trained as an cognitive and perceptual scientist, Dr. Gabriel has published empirical studies on memory, self, emotion, prosopagnosia, consciousness, and the philosophy of cognitive science in the academic journals Philosophical Psychology, New ideas in Psychology, Theory & Psychology, Cognition & Emotion, Social Cognition, and Journal of Consciousness studies. Popular press articles have been published by Psychology Today and Aeon. Dr. Gabriel is part of a web series of video discussions on the evolution of emotions on blogginghead.tv and meaning of life.tv entitled Minding Emotions He is a member of the following professional organizations: Society for Social and Affective Neuroscience, Cognitive Science Society, Southern Society of Philosophy and Psychology, Society for Philosophy and Psychology, Association for Scientific Study of Consciousness, American Psychological Association, American Culture association, and Popular Culture association.


B.A., Psychology University of California Irvine 2002
M.A., Psychology University of California Santa Barbara 2004
Ph.D., University of California Santa Barbara 2007