Fred Gibbs is an Assistant Professor of History at George Mason University and Director of Digital Scholarship at the Center for History and New Media. He received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in History of Science, Medicine, and Technology in 2009. His research investigates the intersection of natural philosophy, medicine, and the human body throughout the medieval and early modern periods. His first book (in progress) ‘The venomes doo cure the diseases’ explores how late medieval physicians formulated a range of definitions of poison while debating whether it had an ontological existence apart from other drugs, and how sixteenth century physicians increasingly described the cause of disease as the result of a poison in the body rather than imbalanced humors.
At CHNM, he has worked extensively on various Zotero-related projects. His current grant writing efforts focus on creating and utilizing digital tools for innovative research methodologies in history and the humanities.