Hello World!

I’m Fred Gibbs, an associate professor in the history department at the University of New Mexico.

My primary interest is in working with community partners to build a shared digital heritage infrastructure and create a new kind of historical record of cultural heritage. I also enjoy reading and writing about various aspects in the history of food—most recently the history and rhetoric of natural food.

For over a decade I have worked and published in various facets of the digital humanities, including computational history, digital editing and publishing, and data visualization. As an author and editor I have published a wide-ranging curriculum for helping scholars of all ranks blend qualitative and quantitative analytical skills. For nearly two decades I have embraced my love/hate relationship with web publishing technologies, especially web design and development with HTML, CSS, Javascript, PHP, and Python.

I’ve served (since Oct 2016) as an editor of the H-Nutrition network on H-Net. I co-founded and co-organized the UNM Spatial Humanities Working Group (2015-18). Previously (2012-2017), I served as a general editor at Programming Historian.

More on these projects, as well as past efforts can be found on my project page. A list of publications (and links to them) is on my CV.

My earlier research focused on premodern toxicology, particularly late medieval and early modern medical literature on poison. I wrote a really boring book about it. But it’s really useful if you’re into that sort of thing.

When I’m not experimenting with new digital essay formats, I like trying to grow food, start (and occasionally finish) DIY remodeling projects, and make awkward posters.


Until the spring of 2013, I was an assistant professor in the department of History and Art History at George Mason University (Fairfax, VA) and director of digital scholarship at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media.

I completed my History of Science PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where I discovered a new interest in web design and development. For a few years before that, I did menial cubicle chores [= web programming] (where I also built elaborate soda-can towers) after studying physics at Carleton College. I grew up in Prior Lake, MN, where I enjoyed riding bikes through neighbors’ yards, playing mindless video games (experiments in algorithms, really), and trying to get computers to do stuff.

Behind the scenes

Pages of this site are written in Markdown, converted to static HTML with Jekyll, and hosted in a GitHub repository and rendered via GitHub Pages. Several, I mean many, years ago I jotted down a few reflections on my switch from Wordpress to GitHub, which continue to hold true.