Aviv was born in Ithaca, New York and returns to his home state after a decade long sojourn that has brought him from Worcester to Wien. Aviv completed his BA at Clark University in 2017 double majoring in Comparative Literature and International Development and Social Change. At Clark he was awarded funding to trace Russian literary figures across the trans-Siberian railroad in a months long project. In the following years he has held research and teaching grants with The Austrian Ministry for Education and Research/Fulbright Austria as well as The State Library of Berlin where he spent 2020 working on a project studying Klaus Mann’s theater criticism. His published works includes a study of contemporary artists, Christian Marclay and Marco Breuer.