I am a historian of American urban environmental and twentieth-century United States history working on computational and spatial methods. I am a Digital Engagement Librarian and Assistant Professor of History at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where I lead initiatives in digital humanities and digital community engagement. I am also affiliated researcher with Humanities+Design and the Spatial History Project at Stanford University.

My first book, tentatively titled Suburban by Nature: 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.


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

Other Publications

Journal Articles

  • “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): 68–85. DOI: 10.3366/ijhac.2017.0179

  • “Crowdsourcing Public Digital History,” co-author with Gabriel Wolfenstein, The American Historian, March 2015.

  • “A Call to Redefine Historical Scholarship in the Digital Turn,” co-author with Alex Galarza and Douglas Seefeldt, Journal of Digital Humanities, December 2012.

Book Chapters

  • “Humanistic Approaches to Data Visualization,” in The Companion to Digital History, ed. David Staley. Hoboken: Wiley and Sons, forthcoming.

  • “A National Monument,” co-author with Douglas Seefeldt, in The Companion to Custer and the Little Big Horn, edited by Brad Lookingbill. Hoboken: Wiley and Sons, 2015.

  • “The American Indian Movement and South Dakota Politics,” in The Plains Political Tradition, edited by Jon Lauck, John E. Miller, and Donald Simmons. Pierre, SD: South Dakota State Historical Society Press, 2011, 267–287.

Electronic Books

  • The Rubyist Historian: Ruby Fundamentals for Humanities Scholars. doi: 10.5281/zendo.9987.



American Indian Digital History Project.

Geography of the Post.



American Historical Association

Western History Association

Organization of American Historians

American Library Association

National Council on Public History

American Society for Environmental History

Association for Computers and the Humanities

Nebraska Library Association

Nebraska Educational Technology Association

The League of American Bicyclists

Bike Omaha Network

Mode Shift Omaha

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