Chad Gibbs

Address: Jewish Studies Center, Room 313
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Chad S.A. Gibbs serves as director of the Zucker/Goldberg Center for Holocaust Studies and assistant professor of Jewish Studies.  He is a historian of the Holocaust, antisemitism, modern Germany, and war and society.  Chad’s current project focuses on gender, geography, and social networks in Jewish resistance at Treblinka. Chad has held fellowships from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Yale University Fortunoff Video Archive, the George L. Mosse Program in History, and the USC Shoah Foundation, where he remains an Affiliated Researcher.  His extensive work in oral histories at several archives contributes teaching and scholarly interests in the collection and analysis of survivor testimonies as well as the generational transmission of knowledge and trauma. 


Prior to academic life, Chad served eight years in the US Army including combat deployment to Iraq.  He was wounded there in 2006 and medically retired in 2009.  The intersection of Chad’s military background and research interests drives his desire to bring the lessons of the Holocaust in the form of genocide and atrocity prevention training to military audiences.  In this area, he has recently led professional development sessions for US Army leaders at Fort Hood and Fort Bliss, TX.


Chad received his PhD in History with a minor in Gender and Women’s History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He received his MA in History from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and his BA in History from the University of Wyoming.




  • PhD in History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2021
  • MA in History, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 2016
  • BA in History (PBK, scl), University of Wyoming, 2013

Courses Taught

  • JWST 201: A History of Lies: Antisemitic and Anti-Jewish Tropes
  • JWST 201: Race and the Second World War
  • JWST 230: History of the Holocaust
  • JWST 300: Holocaust Legacies and Oral History