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Hi. I’m Jason.

A fourth-generation Westerner born and raised on the plains of South Dakota, I am a Digital Engagement Librarian and Assistant Professor of History at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a Researcher with Stanford University’s Spatial History Project. I’m a historian of the North American West, with particular interest in industrialization and suburbanization, recreation, twentieth-century politics and political culture, and environmental history. I write here regularly on my blog, contribute to the BlogWest group blog, and co-host the Overanalyze podcast.

My first book, tentatively titled Suburban by Nature: Environmental Politics and the Imagining of Silicon Valley, explores the postwar growth of the cities in Silicon Valley and the ways that their growth not only led to ecological disaster but introduced social inequality that fueled an environmental politic that redefined liberal and conservative politics in the region. While Silicon Valley’s high-tech companies were imagined as a clean and green alternative to industrialization, the growth, manufacturing, and economic activity introduced challenges to the region’s wildlife and its residents. Suburban by Nature looks at how local communities confronted these challenges and offers a case study for other high-tech regions seeking to balance nature and city.

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Upcoming Talks and Public Appearances

Preserving Histories Digitally
Information Exchange, Omaha, Nebraska: March 17, 2017

'Don't Let Industry Do its Business In Our Water!!!': Urban Space and Environmental Politics in Silicon Valley.
Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana: April 12, 2017

Keynote: Approaching a New Historical Atlas of Midwestern History with Deep Maps and Digital History
Midwestern History Association, Grand Rapids, Michigan: June 7, 2017

Arguing with Digital History
George Mason University: September 15, 2017 - September 16, 2017

Contact me about speaking at your institution!

Recent Writings