Gabriel Mares entered UMass's PhD program in the Fall of 2013. His primary interests are in political theory,
especially as it relates to punishment, public space, colonialism and anti-colonialism, ethics in war, and the uses of history in political theory.
At WPSA he has presented "Just War Theory After Colonialism and the War on Terror" (2015), and "Revolution and the Foreigner: Ernesto Guevara and Anti-Colonialism in the Plural" (2016). At MPSA he has presented "Ambiguous Inheritance: Edmund Burke and the creation of an anti-colonial canon" (2015), "Going Down to Little Rock: Rethinking Arendt on Education and the Social" (2013), and "Revolution and the Foreigner: Identity, Community, Exclusion" (2012). His master's thesis, “Torture's Discourse and the Liberal State in Crisis,” won the Ignacio Martin-Barro human rights essay prize at the University of Chicago in 2011.
Gabriel became a father in June of 2015. He has already read his son, Julian, to sleep with Thomas Hobbes.