Category Archives: Grad Students

Interview with Jason Heppler

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.

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Grad Student Roundtable on Digital Humanities

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!

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Up Next: Video Chat

Next Thursday, we will be having dinner together, followed by a video conference with several special guests. Click below to find out more about them!

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Up Next: Natalie Houston and Neal Audenaert

Don’t forget that we will be having our first meeting of the semester this Friday at 5:30 in Keck Hall, Room 101 (the building with Valhalla). Dinner will be provided for everyone at the beginning.

Our guests for the workshop this Friday afternoon are Natalie Houston and Neal Audenaert. They have received a start-up grant from the NEH Office of Digital Humanities to build a program they are calling The Visual Page.

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A Digital History Dissertation is Born

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!