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Hi. I’m Jason.

I am a Digital Engagement Librarian and Assistant Professor of History at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. I am also affiliated faculty with UNO’s Center for Urban Sustainability 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.

I believe the web is an important public resource, and take steps to defend the open web and open access. I’ve signed the open access pledge, helped coordinate and run the new annual Endangered Data Week, in 2017 hosted Mozilla’s Global Sprint to promote open government data, and do much of my work in the open. It’s on us to ensure the open internet.

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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