Books | Articles and chapters | Essays

For a complete list of my scholarship, please see my CV.


Suburban by Nature: Silicon Valley and the Transformation of American Environmental Politics

University of Oklahoma Press, 2022

Forthcoming. Few places symbolize the twentieth century like Silicon Valley. Stretching from the communities of San Jose to Palo Alto, the dense suburban region is home to nation’s high tech industrial corridor. In my book, I re-imagine the Silicon Valley’s history not just as symbol of post-industrialism, but as an illustrative of the consequences of the post-war period’s uneven suburban growth in shaping 20th century environmental politics, concerns over social justice, and ideas of sustainability. I complicate the now familiar story of suburbanization’s rapid transformation of post-war American cities by explaining how local activists linked social and environmental issues in creating a new form of politics. In doing so, I help place current debates over sustainability into a deeper historical context and problematize the post-war environmental movement as at once a movement of the white middle class, which gave rise to environmental and social justice movements of the latter half of the 20th century.

Digital Community Engagement: Partnering Communities with the Academy

University of Cincinnati Press, 2020

Digital Community Engagement: Partnering Communities with the Academy

Edited with Rebecca Wingo and Paul Schadewald, our volume brings together cutting-edge campus-community partnerships with a focus on digital projects. Through a series of case studies authored by academics and their community partners, we explore models for digital community engagement that leverages new media through reciprocal partnerships. The contributions to the volume stand at the crossroads of digital humanities, public history, and community engagement, drawing ideas, methods, and practices from various disciplines to inform our public partnerships. By highlighting these projects we hope to provide other institutions, cultural heritage organizations, universities, and communities models for successful engagement.

Winner of the 2021 National Council on Public History (NCPH) Book Award.


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Articles and book chapters

Blackburn, Heidi and Jason A. Heppler, “Who Is Writing About Women in STEM in Higher Education in the United States? A Citation Analysis of Gendered Authorship,” Frontiers in Psychology 10 (January 2020)

Blackburn, Heidi and Jason A. Heppler, “Women in STEM in Higher Education: A Citation Analysis of the Current Literature,” Science & Technology Libraries 38 (3) (Summer 2019),

Locke, Brandon and Jason A. Heppler, “Teaching Data Literacy for Civic Engagement: Resources for Data Capture and Organization,” KULA: Knowledge Creation, Dissemination, and Preservation Studies 2 (1) (Fall 2018),

Arguing with Digital History working group, “Digital History and Argument,” white paper, Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, George Mason University (November 13, 2017): (primary authors Lincoln Mullen and Stephen Robertson)

“Green Dreams, Toxic Legacies: Toward a Digital Political Ecology of Silicon Valley,” International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing, vol. 11, no. 1 (March 2017), published version

“Capturing the Past through Visualization,” in The Companion to Digital History, edited by David Staley (Wiley: Wiley and Sons, forthcoming).

“Machines in the Valley: Community, Urban Change, and Environmental Politics in Silicon Valley, 1945-1990.” Ph.D. dissertation, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (May 2016). Digital Commons version

Heppler, Jason A. and Douglas Seefeldt, “A National Monument,” The Companion to Custer and the Little Big Horn (Hoboken: Wiley and Sons) (2015). published version

Heppler, Jason A. and Gabriel K. Wolfenstein, “Crowdsourcing Public Digital History,” The American Historian (2015). published version

Heppler, Jason A., Alex Galarza, and Douglas Seefeldt, “A Call to Redefine Historical Scholarship in the Digital Turn,” The Journal of Digital Humanities vol. 1, no. 4 (2012). published version

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

The Rubyist Historian: Ruby Fundamentals for Humanities Scholars (2010),


“How Silicon Valley provides the blueprint for cleaning up our drinking water,” The Washington Post (April 26, 2019). published version

Heppler, Jason A., Sarah Melton, Rachel Mattson, and Brandon Locke, “Advocacy, Training, and Awareness Through Endangered Data Week,” Parameters (February 26, 2018). published version

“How Silicon Valley Industry Polluted the Sylvan California Dream,” The Conversation (November 13, 2017). published version