Although he couldn’t make it to our Google Hangout, Jason Heppler was kind enough to respond by email to some questions that I sent him. Feel free to chime in with further questions or comments!
1. Introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about your individual research interests.
I am a historian of the twentieth century American West and digital history. My Master’s thesis and accompanying digital history project studied how mass media covered the Trail of Broken Treaties in 1972, a Native American protest that included marching on Washington D.C. and occupying the Bureau of Indian Affairs for seven days. Early in my Ph.D. program, I was hired to serve as the project manager on the William F. Cody Archive at the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities. I’m currently working on a born-digital scholarly article about Cody and Native Americans hired to perform in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West.
Last night, Cameron Blevins, Jeri Wieringa, and Annie Swafford (left to right in the video above) joined us for a fantastic Google Hangout about their experiences as grad students in the digital humanities and digital history. Please post your reactions and follow-up comments here!
Stanford doctoral student Cameron Blevins has a new blog post about his dissertation on the geography of the U.S. Post Office in the nineteenth century. It’s a great thing to read as we begin this masterclass, because it showcases:
How a graduate student in history defines a research question
How digital methods can help answer that research question
How practicing digital history may lead one to collaboration and broader commitments about the sharing of research
Check it out and see what you think!
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This website is currently the home for HIST 318, an undergraduate course that will be using digital tools to locate, analyze, and visualize a collection of runaway slave advertisements from a Texas newspaper.