Publications and Research

Curriculum Vitae   pdf

My work broadly centers on twentieth century political and environmental American history. My work ranges from political and cultural change, urban and environmental history, political culture, historical memory, and the North American West. As a public historian, I find ways to make academically-oriented history accessible to the general public and involve communities in their local histories. My belief in the importance of public history enhances my approach to digital history. As a digital historian, I collaborate with colleagues, students, and the community to create digital projects. I am interested in exploring how digital history can intersect with public history and generate projects that conserve and interpret the past.

I serve on the editorial board of The Middle West Review and Studies in Midwestern History, and serve on the digital content advisory board for The American Yawp, an online, free, collaboratively-written textbook of American History.

Books, Articles, and Book Chapters


  • “Green Dreams, Toxic Legacies: The Digital Political Ecology of Silicon Valley”, International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing, vol. 11, no. 1 (March 2017): 68-85. DOI 10.3366/ijhac.2017.0179 Abstract


  • “Machines in the Valley: Community, Urban Change, and Environmental Politics in Silicon Valley, 1945-1990.” Ph.D. dissertation. Abstract


  • “A National Monument.” The Companion to Custer and the Little Big Horn, ed. Brad Lookingbill. Abstract
  • “Crowdsourcing Public Digital History” The American Historian. Abstract


  • “A Call to Redefine Historical Scholarship in the Digital Turn” The Journal of Digital Humanities. Abstract
  • The Rubyist Historian: Ruby Fundamentals for Humanist Scholars. Abstract


  • “The American Indian Movement and South Dakota Politics.” The Plains Political Tradition, ed. Jon Lauck, John E. Miller, and Donald Simmons. Abstract


  • “Framing Red Power: The American Indian Movement, the Trail of Broken Treaties, and the Politics of Media.” M.A. Thesis. Abstract

Digital Research and Scholarship


  • “Machines in the Valley: Growth, Conflict, and Environmental Politics in Silicon Valley.” Abstract


  • “What is Digital Humanities?” Abstract



  • “'Self-sustaining and a good citizen': William F. Cody and the Progressive Wild West” Abstract


  • “Framing Red Power: The Trail of Broken Treaties, the American Indian Movement, and the Politics of Media.” Abstract

In Progress


  • Digital Community Engagement: Partnering Communities with the Academy. Lever Press, forthcoming. Abstract
  • Suburban by Nature: Silicon Valley and the Transformation of American Environmental Politics. University of Oklahoma Press, forthcoming. Abstract


  • “Humanistic Approaches to Data Visualization” Abstract

Essays and Reviews


  • "How Silicon Valley industry polluted the sylvan California dream," The Conversation, November 16, 2017 Abstract
  • Review of Nature of Childhood: An Environmental History of Growing Up in America since 1865 by Pamela Riney-Kehrberg in the Middle West Review. Abstract


  • Review of American Panorama: An Atlas of United States History by the University of Richmond in the Journal of American History. Abstract
  • Review of U.S. News Map by the Georgia Tech Research Institute and in the Journal of American History. Abstract


  • Review of Red Power Rising: The National Indian Youth Council and the Origins of Native Activism by Bradley Shreve in South Dakota History. Abstract


  • Review of Google Earth for Historians in The Digital History Project. Abstract


  • Review of American Indian Mafia: An FBI Agent’s True Story about Wounded Knee, Leonard Peltier, and the American Indian Movement by Joseph Trimbach in South Dakota History. Abstract
  • Review of TokenX in The Digital History Project. Abstract


  • Review of Ruling Pine Ridge: Oglala Lakota Politics from the IRA to Wounded Knee by Akim Reinhardt in South Dakota History. Abstract
  • Review of The Countryside Transformed: The Eastern Shore of Virginia, the Pennsylvania Railroad, and the Creation of the Modern Landscape by William g. Thomas et al., in The Digital History Project. Abstract


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.