Hi, I'm Jason. I am a historian of twentieth-century United States history, with a focus on digital and computational history, urban environmental politics and policy, the North American West, and spatial methods. I am the Digital Engagement Librarian and Assistant Professor of History at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where I lead initiatives in digital engagement and public history with campus and community partners. I am also affiliated faculty with UNO's Center for Urban Sustainability and a Researcher with Stanford University's Spatial History Project. This website lists scholarship I can make available, including works in progress; a full listing can be found in my CV. I often write here on my blog and contribute to the BlogWest group blog. I am currently working on my first book, Suburban by Nature: Silicon Valley and the Transformation of American Politics, under contract with the University of Oklahoma Press as part of their new Environment and Modern North America series.

I also work on bicycle advocacy projects both on campus and in the community, like Omaha Bikes, the Omaha Bike Network, the League of American Bicyclists, People for Bikes, and Mode Shift Omaha. My work on sustainability at the University of Nebraska at Omaha includes chairing the Triple Bottom Line Committee for UNO Libraries, where we are focused on building a community that is economically sound, environmentally responsible, and socially just.

To keep updated on my work, follow my research, follow me on Twitter or Github, or subscribe to the blog. Feel free to email me at jason@jasonheppler.org. If it's a sensitive email, you can grab my public key for that address. I’m also jaheppler on Keybase.



Migrating to Hugo

12 January 2018

In my last post I mentioned how I had no concrete plans to migrate my site to Hugo despite testing out the platform a bit. Well, that was short lived. I blame Netlify. Not Netlify per se, but my Jekyll setup on Netlify. The issue I ran into was the huge amount of time it would take Jekyll to regenerate my site on Netlfiy and redeploy it. It reached the point of unacceptable (including setting up a Slack hook to get notified when the deploy started and when the deploy ended – just so I knew everything had successfully run in the ten to fifteen minutes it was taking).

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5 December 2017

I haven’t changed much about this website since I migrated to Jekyll in 2011. I’ve flirted here and there with Hugo, but don’t really have solid plans to fully convert over to it just yet. But I do feel that the standard on the web should be HTTPS, so I’m stepping away from my self-hosted site on Reclaim Hosting and moving over to Netlify. Netlify supports the same commit-and-publish workflow that Github pages does, but, more importantly, comes with Let’s Encrypt to provide SSL on custom domains.

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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, cities, politics, and coffee. You can follow me on Twitter, or learn more about me.