Chad Gibbs is a PhD candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research and teaching interests extend from Holocaust studies to modern European Jewish history, modern Germany, memory, oral history, gender, and antisemitism. Chad’s dissertation, “Against that Darkness: Perseverance, Resistance, and Revolt at Treblinka,” investigates the spatial and social networks of Jewish resistance inside this extermination camp. His work further explores the gender dynamics of resistance and the memory of women’s lives in Treblinka, particularly how women’s actions and their very presence are retold by male survivors. Chad’s efforts to identify Treblinka witnesses and locate their testimonies contribute complementary interests in transnational archival practice, dispersed sources, and the issues that diaspora collections like the Treblinka testimonial archive create for historical research. Gibbs has been awarded multiple fellowships, awards, and honors in his academic career. Most recently, in the 2019-2020 academic year, he was a George L. Mosse Graduate Exchange Fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has earned fellowships at the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale University and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum for the coming academic year. In 2019, he participated in the Jack and Anita Hess Faculty Seminar at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. He has participated in national and international conferences and has published a number of articles, including an article in The Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies, in which he reflects on the historical impact of widely dispersed diaspora archives.
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