Chad S.A. Gibbs Current Position: Project Assistant
University of Wisconsin-Madison Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies
4043 Mosse Humanities Building University of Wisconsin-Madison
455 N. Park St. firstname.lastname@example.org
Madison, WI 53706
Ph.D. Student – Department of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison - Minor: Program in Gender and Women’s History
2016 – Present Advisor: Dr. Amos Bitzan
MA in History – May 2016 – University of Nebraska at Omaha
BA in History – August 2013 – University of Wyoming – ΦBK, scl
Holocaust Educational Foundation and Northwestern University Summer Institute on the Holocaust and Jewish Life, 2017
George L. Mosse Distinguished Graduate Fellow in Modern Jewish History, UW-Madison, 2016-2017
George and Virginia Dare Shuflata Fellow, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 2015-2016
McNair Scholar, University of Wyoming, 2011-2013
Areas of Research Interest
– Holocaust and Genocide Studies – Modern European Jewish History
– Modern Germany – The Second World War
– German – Yiddish
“To Sell Your Life at a Higher Price: Social and Spatial Networks of Resistance At Treblinka.” M.A. Thesis, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 2016. ProQuest Dissertations and Theses (10076288).
“Amidah and Treblinka: Extermination Camp Survival as Agentic Resistance.” In Selected Proceedings of the 39th Annual European Studies Conference. University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, NE: University of Nebraska at Omaha, 2015.
“Frontline Perpetrators of the Holocaust: Ideology and Motivation Amongst Participants in the Field.” In McNair Scholars Program - 3rd Annual McNair Scholars Conference. Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California: McNair Scholars Program, 2012.
“Moving Beyond Knowledge and Awareness in Diversity Education: Back and Forth Process.” With Jenna Min Shim, Robert Morgan, and Adam Schaefer. Education in Democracy: A Journal of the NNER 5 (October 2013).
"Sholem Aleichem Conference and Spring Events." Madison Jewish News, February 2018.
"Center for Jewish Studies." Madison Jewish News, October 2017.
“The Confederate Flag Is Out – So Why Is Holocaust Denial Still in at Amazon?” History News Network, October 30, 2015.
“Amazon Hypocritical on Hate Speech.” Omaha World-Herald. October 26, 2015, The Public Pulse.
Research and Scholarly Experience
George and Virginia Dare Shuflata MA Thesis Fellow – History Department, University of Nebraska at Omaha – Committee Chair: Dr. Moshe Gershovich, committee members: Dr. Bruce Garver, Dr. Christina Dando, and Dr. Waitman Beorn, Lecturer, Corcoran Department of History, University of Virginia.
– This fellowship enabled the devotion of one academic year to the completion of my thesis entitled “To Sell Your Life at a Higher Price: Social and Spatial Networks of Resistance at Treblinka”
January – May 2015
Graduate Research Assistant – History Department, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Supervisors: Dr. Waitman Beorn, Lecturer, Corcoran Department of History, University of Virginia, and Dr. Elaine Nelson, UNO.
– Aid in archival research and primary source gathering for two monograph projects
– Translate German language primary source documents as required
McNair Scholar – Research Intern, University of Wyoming, Department of History, Mentor/Supervisor: Dr. David A. Messenger, History Department, University of South Alabama.
– Research Paper: Frontline Perpetrators of the Holocaust: Ideology and Motivation amongst Participants in the Field.
Academic and Professional Experience
2017 – Present
Project Assistant – George L. Mosse / Lawrence A. Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies, UW-Madison
2017 – Present
Reader/Grader – History/Jewish Studies 220 – Professor Amos Bitzan – Introduction to Modern Jewish Studies
– History/Jewish Studies 224 – Professor Amos Bitzan – Explorations in European History: The Holocaust
2017 – 2018
Language Assistant to the Bibliographer – Memorial Library, UW-Madison – Assisting in the intake and cataloging of Yiddish language books
2013 – 2014
Graduate Teaching Assistant – Six sections of “World Civilizations I” courses over three semesters – History Department, University of Nebraska at Omaha
2009 – 2013
Student Work-Study – University of Wyoming Veterans Services Center
2002 – 2009
United States Army, Sergeant/E-5 – Combat Engineer, Psychological Operations, Motor Transport. Led as many as twelve permanently assigned subordinates. Held various assignments in the United States and overseas. Honorably medically retired due to combat wounds.
– German Studies Association – Central European History Society
– American History Association – International Network of Genocide Scholars
– Society for Military History – Jewish Studies Graduate Student Association at the UW-Madison
“Geographies of Genocide: Spatial Studies in the History and Legacies of Mass Murder.” Panel Organizer, 59th Missouri Valley History Conference, Omaha, 2016.
“Lessons from the Treblinka Archive: Transnational Collections and their Implications for Historical Research.” Oral Presentation, 61st Missouri Valley History Conference – Society for Military History – University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, NE, 2018
“The Few that Escaped the Fire: Revisiting and Expanding Alexander Donat’s List of Treblinka Survivors.” Oral Presentation, 10th Annual Northern Illinois University History Graduate Student Conference, DeKalb, November 2017.
“The Duisburg Archive Treblinka Trial Map: Demonstrating the Spatial Importance of Prisoner Resistance Social Networks.” Oral Presentation, 59th Missouri Valley History Conference, Omaha, March 2016.
“Engineer Galewski of Warsaw and the Treblinka Revolt: Exploring Spatial and Social Networks in Testimonial Sources to Reconstruct Resistance Planning.” Oral Presentation, 40th European Studies Conference, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, NE, October 2015.
“Religion as a Force in Cultural Genocide: A Comparison of the Tibetan and Native American Experiences.” Oral Presentation, 58th Annual Missouri Valley History Conference, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, NE, March 2015.
“Amidah and Treblinka: Extermination Camp Survival as Agentic Resistance.” Oral Presentation 39th Annual European Studies Conference, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, NE, October 2014.
“What’s in a Name?: Oliver Cromwell and Kingship.” Oral Presentation, Phi Alpha Theta & UW History Club Conference, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming, April 2014.
“Frontline Perpetrators of the Holocaust: Ideology and Motivation Amongst Participants in the Field.” Oral Presentation, 3rd Annual McNair Scholars Conference, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California, October 2012.
“Moving Beyond Knowledge in Diversity Education: Back and Forth Process.” Oral Presentation, National Network for Educational Renewal Conference, Denver, Colorado, October 2012.
Selected Relevant Coursework
Vilnius Yiddish Institute, summer 2017
University of Leipzig
Cultures of Security in a Transatlantic and Global Context Summer Academy, Dr. Crister Garrett, September 2014
Spring 2018 – HIST 999 – Yiddish Language Translation, Dr. Amos Bitzan
Spring 2018 – HIST 891 – Modern European Jewish History, Dr. Amos Bitzan
Spring 2018 – HIST 901 – American Jewish History, Dr. Tony Michels
Spring 2018 – HIST 752 – Transnational Gender History, Dr. Ipsen and Dr. Callaci
Fall 2017 – HIST 753 – War and Society, Dr. Mary Louise Roberts
Fall 2017 – HIST 891 – Transnational Histories of Modern Europe, Dr. Kathleen Ciancia
Spring 2017 – HIST 845 – Modern Germany, Dr. Rudy Koshar
Spring 2017 – HIST 891 – Postwar Europe, Dr. Francine Hirsch and Dr. Laird Boswell
Spring 2017 – HIST 901 – Zionism and Its Critics, Dr. Tony Michels
Fall 2016 – HIST 999 – European Jewish History and the Yiddish Language, Dr. Amos Bitzan
Fall 2016 – HIST 804 – Writing Nazi Cultural History, Dr. Pamela Potter
Fall 2016 – HIST 891 – Sexuality across National Borders, Dr. Mary Louise Roberts
University of Nebraska at Omaha
Fall 2015 – GERM 3500 – German Media Culture, Dr. Gwyneth Cliver
Fall 2014 – HIST 8916 – Comparative Genocide, Dr. Waitman Beorn
Spring 2014 – HIST 8726 – The Holocaust, Dr. Waitman Beorn
Fall 2013 – HIST 8716 – The US and Europe in Two World Wars, Dr. Bruce Garver
University of Wyoming/Wyoming Humanities Council – Summer Institute on Human Rights
Summer 2016 – The 20th Century International Human Rights Regime: The United Nations and Beyond, Dr. David A. Messenger
Summer 2016 – Bringing Human Rights Home: Immigration, the Torture Report and Other Human Rights Issues in Contemporary America, Professor Suzan M. Pritchett, JD
University of Wyoming – Study Abroad
Summer 2013 – GERM 3010 and 2110 – German Language and Culture, Dr. Rebecca Steele
Summer 2011 – HIST 4315 – Central Europe and the Holocaust, Dr. David A. Messenger
Consulting Editor – Avukah – The Undergraduate Journal of Jewish Studies at the UW-Madison, 2018
Conference Organizer – “The Highs and Lows of Sholem Aleichem: Yiddish Literature and the Pursuit of Popular Writing” – UW- Madison, November 2017 – Responsibilities included planning conference venue, creating television, radio, internet, and print advertising, as well as facilitating the visits of nine speakers, creating conference displays, and addressing all technical issues.
Graduate Student Faculty Liaison Committee Member – Representing student interests and coordinating their involvement in two faculty hiring processes – UW-Madison, 2017-Present
– Chair, "Kemal H. Karpat Professorship in Ottoman History" Search Committee
Secretary, Jewish Studies Graduate Student Association at UW-Madison
Production Advisory Council Member – Rumbula’s Echo documentary on the Holocaust in Latvia, 2017-Present
Co-Developer – Graduate School Application Personal Statement Development Workshop, Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Society – University of Nebraska at Omaha, April 2016
Guest Lecturer – "The Holocaust," HIST 120 – Europe and the Modern World, 1789 to the Present, Professor Mary Louise Roberts,
UW-Madison, spring 2018
Guest Lecturer – "World War II and the Holocaust," World Civilizations II courses, University of Nebraska at Omaha, fall 2015 and spring 2016
Guest Lecturer – "The Holocaust," Iowa Western Community College, Clarinda, Harlan, Atlantic, and Shenandoah, Iowa, April 2016
Consultant – “Homebrew” exhibition, German immigrant culture in the US, The Durham Museum, Omaha, Nebraska, October 2016
Student Advisory Board Member – Office of Student Affairs, University of Wyoming, 2011-2013
Originator – American Legion Husted-Pendleton Post 14 Returning Veterans Scholarships, $1,000 per academic-year awards given at the University of Wyoming, 2012-Present
Scholarships, Funding Awards, and Honors
– Robert and Lynn Berman Scholarship, Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies, UW-Madison 2018
– Carrol Award Honorable Mention for Best Graduate Student Paper, Society for Military History, Missouri Valley History Conference, Omaha, NE, 2018
– Best Ph.D. Student Paper, 10th Annual Northern Illinois University History Graduate Student Conference, DeKalb, 2017
– Ida and Isaac Lipton Domestic Study Award, Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies, UW-Madison, 2017
– Ida and Isaac Lipton Study Abroad Award, Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies, UW-Madison, 2017
– Tuition Scholarship, Vilnius Yiddish Institute – Vilnius University, summer 2017
– Best Graduate Student Paper, 59th Missouri Valley History Conference, Omaha, 2016
– Frances and Sam Fried Holocaust and Genocide Education Fund, archival research travel award, summer 2015
– Charles & Mary Martin Fund, archival research travel award, summer 2015
– DAAD, German Academic Exchange Service scholarship recipient, University of Leipzig, fall 2014
– Lessons and Legacies XIII Conference on the Holocaust, Boca Raton, FL, attendance funded by the Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University, October 2014
– Paul R. Stock Faculty Senate Scholarship, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 2014
– Veterans of Foreign Wars National Scholarship, 2014-2015 and 2015-2016
– Pi Gamma Mu Social Sciences Honorary, fall 2013
– Phi Kappa Phi, spring 2012
– Phi Alpha Theta, fall 2012
– Golden Key International Honor Society, fall 2011
– Outstanding Graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences, University of Wyoming, 2013
– Finalist, Tobin Award for Outstanding Male Graduate, University of Wyoming, 2013
– President’s List, University of Wyoming, seven consecutive awards, 2010-2013
– Marna M. Kuehne Disabled Veterans Scholarship, 2010, 2011, and 2012
– Cheney Study Abroad Scholarship, summer 2011 and summer 2013
– Vice President’s Honor Roll, University of Wyoming, fall 2009