Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison
Digital Humanities, Medieval Medicine , History of Science and Medicine, Medieval Europe
Dr. Gibbs joined the UNM History department in 2013. As a historian of medicine and science, he studies the confluence of medicine and natural philosophy in the medieval and early modern periods. He is also interested in the circulation and diffusion of medical knowledge in the late Middle Ages. The majority of his current projects attempt to use new digital research methodologies to provide new historical perspectives through unusual combinations of historical data at scale, and to use new media technologies to make history more engaging and accessible to a broad public. His manuscript-in-progress explores medical literature on poison c.1200-1600, especially how physicians debated its definition, properties, ontological existence, and its role in disease and contagion. He also experiments with digital methodologies that employ various mapping, text mining, and visualization techniques in the service of historical research.
“Poisonous Properties, Bodies, and Forms in the Fifteenth Century,” Preternature 2.1 (2013): 19-46.
“The Historical Value of Ephemeral Discussion of Science on the Web” in Science @ Risk: Toward a National Strategy for Preserving Online Science, (Washington, DC: Library of Congress National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program, 2012).
“Critical Discourse in the Digital Humanities,” Journal of the Digital Humanities 1.1 (2012).
“The Hermeneutics of Data and Historical Writing,” in Jack Dougherty and Kristen Nawrotzki (eds.), Writing History in the Digital Age. (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2013) [with Trevor Owens]