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Jason Andrew Heppler

Academic Technology Specialist, Department of History
Jason Heppler


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Jason's role in the library

Jason A. Heppler is a fourth-generation Westerner born and raised in South Dakota. He currently serves as the Academic Technology Specialist in the Department of History, where he collaborates on research and teaching projects integrating digital history techniques to the study of the past. A historian of the United States, his research and teaching focuses on the North American West, environmental history, urban history, social and cultural history, and digital history. He holds an M.A. in History from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is a Ph.D. candidate in History at the UNL. He is currently completing his dissertation, which looks at the environmental history of Silicon Valley and the emergence of environmental politics in the West. He is the author of The Rubyist Historian, an electronic book on Ruby programming for humanities scholars, and contributor to The Plains Political Tradition: Essays on South Dakota Political Culture. His digital scholarship include Framing Red Power: The American Indian Movement and the Politics of Media, "Self Sustaining and a Good Citizen": William F. Cody and the Progressive Wild West, and the William F. Cody Archive.

Professional activities

American Historical Association

Western History Association

Stanford Libraries Consierge Program

Stanford Digital History Reading Group

Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis



Selected publications

“The Little Bighorn National Monument,” with Douglas Seefeldt, in Companion to Custer and the Little Big Horn, edited by Brad Lookingbill. Hoboken: Wiley and Sons, November 2015.

Crowdsourcing Public Digital History,” with Gabriel Wolfenstein, The American Historian, March 2015.

A Call to Redefine Historical Scholarship in the Digital Turn,” with Alex Galarza and Douglas Seefeldt, Journal of Digital Humanities, December 2012.

“The American Indian Movement and South Dakota Politics,” in The Plains Political Tradition, edited by Jon Lauck, John E. Miller, and Donald Simmons. Pierre, SD: South Dakota State Historical Society Press, 2011, 267–287.


Ph.D., History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
M.A., History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
B.A., History, South Dakota State University