Abraham Gibson

Postdoctoral Fellow
Post Doctoral Scholars
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
3301
Postdoc Rsrch Assoc FSC 2008
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
4302

Biography

Abraham Gibson is an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Biology & Society in the School of Life Sciences. He also teaches in the School of Historical, Philosophical, & Religious Studies. He has published extensively on a variety of topics related to the history of science. His first book, Feral Animals in the American South: An Evolutionary History, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2016. He has previously taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Florida State University, Virginia Tech, and the College of Coastal Georgia, and has earned multiple fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Consortium for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine.

 

Research Interests

Abraham Gibson's research examines the relationship between science and society, with a focus on the history of biology. He also has extensive experience in the history of astronomy, technology, engineering, medicine, and the environment.

Publications

Feral Animals in the American South: An Evolutionary History. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016. 

“Swamp Things: Invasive Species as Environmental Disasters.” In Disaster and Risk in the Gulf South, edited by Cindy Ermus. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2017. (co-authored with Cindy Ermus)

“Path to the Present.” In Cambridge Handbook on Evolutionary Ethics, edited by Michael Ruse and Robert J. Richards. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016.

“Beasts of Burden: Feral Burros in the American West.” In The Historical Animal, edited by Susan Nance, 38-53. Syracuse University Press, 2015.

“Sociobiology and Evolutionary Psychology.” In A Companion to the History of American Science, edited by Georgina Montgomery and Mark Largent. Wiley, 2015. (co-authored with Michael Ruse)

“Edward O. Wilson and the Organicist Tradition.” Journal of the History of Biology 46 (2013): 599-630.

“Roots of Multilevel Selection: Concepts of Biological Individuality in the Early Twentieth Century.” History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 35 (2013): 505-532. (co-authored with Christina L. Kwapich and Martha Lang)

“American Gibraltar: Key West during World War II.” Florida Historical Quarterly 90 (2012): 393-425.

“Book review of The Readable Darwin: The Origin of Species, edited by Jan A. Pechenik.” Quarterly Review of Biology 90 (June 2015): 217.

“Book review of On the Frontier of Science, by Leah Ceccarelli.” Quarterly Review of Biology 90 (March 2015): 78-79.

“Book review of The Runes of Evolution: How the Universe became Self-Aware, by Simon Conway Morris.” Quarterly Review of Biology 92 (September 2017): 321.

“Book review of Animals as Food: (Re)connecting Production, Processing, Consumption, and Impacts, by Amy J. Fitzgerald.” Agricultural History 91 (Winter 2017): 133-134.

“Book review of Fascist Pigs: Technoscientific Organisms and the History of Fascism, by Tiago Saraiva.” Journal of the History of Biology (forthcoming).

“Book review of Wild by Heart: North American Animals Confront Colonization, by Andrea L. Smalley.” Journal of Southern History (forthcoming)

Courses

Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
HST 318 History of Engineering
Summer 2017
Course Number Course Title
HST 318 History of Engineering
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
HST 318 History of Engineering
HST 591 Seminar
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
HST 318 History of Engineering
HST 345 Environmental History
Summer 2016
Course Number Course Title
HST 318 History of Engineering