Jason A. Heppler is a Ph.D. candidate specializing in the 20th century North American history and Digital History. He currently serves as the Academic Technology Specialist for the Department of History at Stanford University. Before joining Stanford, he was the Project Manager of the William F. Cody Digital Archive at the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
He earned his B.A. in History at South Dakota State University and his M.A. in History from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is working on his dissertation, which is an environmental history of Silicon Valley specifically focusing on issues surrounding water in the mid and late twentieth century.
Heppler has previously done work on Native American politics and law in the West. He is the co-author of The Plains Political Tradition: Essays on South Dakota Political Culture and is also the author of a journal article under consideration that examines the Cherokee Nation's lawsuit against Southern Kansas Railway Company in 1890, in which the Cherokee Nation attempted to legally prevent the construction of railroads through Indian Territory.
As a graduate student in Digital History, Heppler engages a variety of new digital methodologies and practices in his scholarly pursuits. He maintains that the advent of digital technologies is changing and challenging the ways historians practice their craft, allowing them to present, collect, and store information in new ways that help give fresh insights to historical questions and serve as a means to reach wider audiences.
His digital projects include Framing Red Power: The American Indian Movement, the Trail of Broken Treaties, and the Politics of Media
, a study of mass media coverage of the Trail of Broken Treaties protest and media perceptions of Indian activists. He has also produced Buffalo Bill's Wild West and the Progressive Image of American Indians
, which examines how the Wild West Exhibition constructed specific images of American Indians in performances.