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 am 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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Next Thursday I’ll be teaching a workshop on network analysis for historians. You can find the schedule and material for the workshop online. In addition to the workshop, I’ll be part of the Digital History Table Talks lunch plenary and the digital drop-in session that afternoon. On Thursday afternoon, I’ll be chairing a panel with Brandon Locke, Kalani Craig, and Lauren Tilton on historical sources as data. Come check us out!

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Homecoming

22 September 2016

Before 2013, I hadn’t spent much time in California, aside from a few trips to Los Angeles. Truth be told, there wasn’t much I liked about Los Angeles. One of my strongest memories—probably of no shock to LA natives—is sitting in traffic trying to drive just five miles that took a half hour to complete. Who would ever want to live around this kind of traffic?1 But California beckoned. I was offered a job.

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Greetings! My name is Jason Heppler. I am a Digital Engagement Librarian and Assistant Professor of History at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a scholar of the twentieth-century United States. I often write here about the history of the North American West, technology, the environment, politics, culture, and coffee. You can follow me on Twitter, or learn more about me.

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