Royal Gorge, Colorado, 2016

Royal Gorge, Colorado, 2016

About Me


My name is Chad S.A. Gibbs and I am a second-year Ph.D. student in the Department of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where I will also complete a minor and certificate with the Program in Gender and Women's Studies.  I received my M.A. in history from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2016 and my B.A. 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 I. 

In August of 2017 I began work as the Project Assistant at the Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies at the UW-Madison.  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 my first nephew on the way.  In the rare moments that I am not working on prelims, coursework, or my research, I like to spend time with family and friends, try new restaurants, or travel.