My name is Chad S.A. Gibbs and I am a third-year PhD candidate in the Department of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where I have also completed a minor in gender and women's history. I received my MA in history from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2016 and my BA in history at the University of Wyoming (ΦBK, scl) in 2013.
My academic and research interests are focused in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, modern European Jewish history, and modern Germany. My current work applies geographic and social network analysis methodologies to extensive testimonial sources in order to reconstruct prisoner resistance inside the extermination camp Treblinka II.
I am currently Teaching Assistant for HIS 201: “The Historian’s Craft: Civilians and War on the Eastern Front.” I was Teaching Assistant for HIS 224/JS231: "The Holocaust" in the Department of History and the Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies (CJS) in the Fall 2018 semester. From August 2017 to September of 2018 I worked as the Project Assistant at CJS. I previously held the George L. Mosse Distinguished Graduate Fellowship in Modern Jewish History at UW-Madison, the George and Virginia Dare Shuflata Fellowship at UNO, and a fellowship in support of the 22nd Holocaust Educational Foundation and Northwestern University Summer Institute on the Holocaust and Jewish Life. At the University of Wyoming I had the honor of being selected as a McNair Scholar.
I served in the U.S. Army prior to my academic career, attaining the rank of Sergeant/E-5. In 2006, I was wounded in Iraq and honorably medically retired from the service in 2009.
I have three wonderful sisters, four beautiful little nieces, and one brand-new baby nephew. In the rare moments that I am not working on my teaching or research, I like to spend time with family and friends, try new restaurants, and travel.