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Gabi Schaffzin is an artist, educator, and researcher based in Southern California. He is currently a PhD candidate in Art History, Theory, and Criticism, Art Practice Concentration at University of California, San Diego. He holds a BS in Business Administration from Babson College in Wellesley, a degree he readily admits provides a curious pairing with his MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art & Design's Dynamic Media Institute. His work has been on display in galleries, public space, and at events in San Diego, Boston, Philadelphia, East Lansing, and Utrecht, The Netherlands. He has had the privilege of speaking at conferences around the country, as well as internationally, appearing on panels at the American Studies Association, Relating Systems Thinking & Design, SXSW, Theorizing the Web, and the Society of Literature, Science, and the Arts, among others.
His dissertation project combines design history, disability studies, and a history of computing to trace the history of designed pain scales in the United States throughout the 20th century. He is a 2018–19 recipient of the Andrew V. and Florence W. White Dissertation Scholarship from the UC Humanities Research Institute. When he’s not writing (which is too often), he’s probably yelling at the TV as he watches the latest Philadelphia sports meltdown, hiking with his dog, traveling with his wife, or swimming (slowly).