MemberElizabeth Lorang

…University of Nebraska-Lincoln…

I’m an Associate Professor of Libraries and Humanities Librarian in the University Libraries at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. I collaborate with students, teachers, and researchers at all levels to foster critical analysis, application, and creation of information and information structures. I teach in multiple environments and for multiple audiences, cultivate and participate in communities of learning and practice, and advance ethical and equitable information ecosystems through teaching, research, and public engagement efforts. I’m privileged to be a part of some amazing collaborations and learn every day from my inspiring colleagues, mentors, and friends. I emphatically believe that libraries of all kinds—academic, public, and more—are crucial to an informed and engaged public and that libraries can and should actively engage in social justice work.

MemberSvetlana Rasmussen

…Doctor of Philosophy, History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2019

Master of Arts, History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2008

Diplom, Philology, Translation, Teaching English Language and Literature, Perm State University, Perm, Russia, 2004….

Svetlana Rasmussen, Ph.D.,  is an adjunct instructor in World History at the University of Guam. Rasmussen has defended her dissertation “Rearing the Collective: Evolution of the Soviet School Values and Practices, 1953 -1968” in Fall 2019. Born in Perm, Russia, Svetlana Rasmussen first came to the United States in 2006 as a Fulbright scholar to study American History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with Dr. Jeannette Eileen Jones. After defending her M.A. thesis, “‘Searching for Answers, for an Identity, for a Cause to Espouse:’ Ethnic Resurgence in the United States, 1963-1974,” Rasmussen returned to Russia to share her expertise in her home community. In 2010, Rasmussen returned to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to begin her Ph.D. studies in Russian history with Professor Ann Kleimola. Rasmussen’s dissertation examines collectives, essential Soviet social groups that organized the Soviet networks of control and surveillance.   Apart from her dissertation research, Rasmussen has collaborated on a variety of digital projects. Currently, Rasmussen is administering her first autonomous digital project: Photoarcheology: Soviet Life in Photographs and Artefacts ( The project presents amateur and professional photographs from personal collections that recorded the everyday life of people in the Soviet era with thick descriptions of each photograph in English and Russian. Since Spring 2017, Rasmussen has been a volunteer collaborator in Prozhito (, a digital archive of personal diaries with most significant holdings of the Russian diaries covering the Russian Civil War and the early Soviet period.   Throughout her career, Rasmussen has assumed a variety of teaching roles. In Perm, she taught English as a foreign language to middle school, high school, and university students. At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Rasmussen served as a teaching assistant in a variety of classes offered by the Department of History and the Department of Classics and Religious Studies. Since 2013, Rasmussen has served as a tutor in History and Russian for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Athletics Department.   Both in Perm and in Lincoln, Rasmussen has been involved in a variety of community projects. She has served as a judge for the History Day Nebraska state tournament every year since 2012. Since 2016, Rasmussen has also been a reviewer on the Undergraduate Creative Acts and Research Experience (UCARE) project selection committee. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln UCARE program awards grants to support undergraduate research and creative activity.   Most recently, Rasmussen has organized a pre-conference workshop on Prozhito at the ASEEES 51st annual convention in 2019 and presented her research on the evolution of the Soviet secondary school system from 1917 to 1958, origins of the collectives at schools, the analysis of the Soviet school photographic narratives, and the Photoarcheology project at the Graduate Student Workshop at the University of California, Berkeley, the 57th Annual Meeting of the History of Education Society, and the 2017 ASEEES Annual Convention.

MemberKatherine Walter

…Center for Digital Research in the Humanities at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln…

Katherine L. Walter, Professor and Chair of Digital Initiatives & Special Collections in the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL) Libraries, is a founding director of the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities at UNL. Walter has led many federally-funded research and libraries’ projects, including ones such as the U.S. Newspaper Program: Nebraska, the National Digital Newspaper Program: Nebraska and the Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition Online. With Ken Price, she co-directed the CFW Coker Award-winning project to create an integrated guide to Walt Whitman’s poetry manuscripts. Walter has served on the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations Steering Committee, hosted DH2013, and co-chaired the international executive council of centerNet, which represents digital humanities centers around the world. Currently, Walter represents CDRH@UNL on the Humanities Without Walls Consortium.

MemberChristy Hyman

…University Of Nebraska-Lincoln…

Christy Hyman is a digital humanist, environmental advocate, and PhD student in the program of Geography at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. Her dissertation  research focuses on African-American efforts toward cultural and political assertion in the Great Dismal Swamp region during the antebellum era as well as the attendant social and environmental costs of human/landscape resource exploitation. Hyman uses Geographic Information Systems to observe to what extent digital cartography can inform us of the human experience while acknowledging phenomena deriving from oppressive systems in society threatening sustainable futures. Hyman has been invited to share her work at a range of humanities centers including the Dave Rumsey Map Center at Stanford University, the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities at the University of Kansas and the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities Digital Dialogues series to name a few. Hyman will graduate with her PhD in Spring 2022.

MemberJason Heppler

…University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Doctor of Philosophy, History, 2016

University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Master of Arts, History, 2009

South Dakota State University
Bachelor of Arts, History, 2007…

Dr. Jason Heppler is the Senior Web Developer at the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, where he’s building projects for the history web. His first book, tentatively titled The Nature of the Valley: Silicon Valley and the Transformation of American Environmental Politics, explores the postwar growth of the cities of Silicon Valley and the ways that their growth not only led to ecological disaster but introduced social inequality. While Silicon Valley’s high-tech companies were imagined as a clean and green alternative to industrialization, the growth, manufacturing, and economic activity introduced challenges to the region’s wildlife and its residents. Suburban by Nature looks at how local communities confronted these challenges and offers a case study for other high-tech regions seeking to balance nature and city. He earned his PhD in History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and has held positions at Stanford University’s Center for Interdisciplinary Digital Research, UNO Libraries, and UNL’s Center for Digital Research in the Humanities.