Rebecca Gibson

Visiting Assistant Professor

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B.A. Indiana University South Bend
M.A., Brandeis University
PhD., American University


Dr. Rebecca Gibson specializes in bioanthropology, archaeology, and embodiment and gender theories.  She serves as editor of the bioarchaeology section of the Society for Archaeological Sciences, and as a member of the board of the Speculative Literature Foundation.  Her work has been published in NEXUS, and in Springer's Sexuality and Culture, as well as being covered by such publications as Forbes online, and New York Magazine (upcoming.)   Her primary research examines changes in the skeletal structure of women who wore corsets between the years of 1700 and 1900 AD, with a geographic focus is England and France, making an extensive study of skeletal collections at the Museum of London and the Musée de l'Homme in Paris.  Dr. Gibson’s secondary research focus is on the romantic and sexual entanglements of AI and robotics in science-fiction, specifically looking at what fulfills the qualification of "human enough,” and her tertiary research focus is using zombies as a metaphor for the fear of “the other.”  She has taught classes in a multitude of subjects including multiculturalism, forensics, and human osteology, and her published works can be found on her author page at

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