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, 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 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 UNO Libraries Triple Bottom Line Committee, 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.

Recent Posts


Mapping Omaha Bikes

6 September 2017

I’ve been getting a bit involved with bicycle advocacy in Omaha, especially now that I’m starting to commute to work by bike. As part of this, I wondered about the safey of bicyclists and pedestrians in the city. So, I threw together a small R Shiny application for exploring pedestrian and bicycling accidents in Omaha. It’s a fairly simple application, using some data provided by the Nebraska Department of Roads. You can find all of the code and data on Github.

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This is the piece I wrote for the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media's Arguing with Digital History workshop, being held September 15-16, 2017. A draft of this talk is versioned on Github, which will also likely include the most up-to-date version of this essay. First, a loose definition of “digital history”: I take digital history to mean a variety of approaches to using computational, visual, and informational methods in analyzing, visualizing, and presenting historical analysis and arguments.

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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.