digital projects

Growing Apart: A Political History of American Inequality

This e-book combines historical and economic analysis with interactive graphics to trace the causes–and consequences–of economic inequality in the United States.  This project is accessible in two ways:  a short version, Our Inequality, was serialized at Dissent in Spring 2014.  The full e-book (linked above) is composed in SCALAR, and hosted by  It includes a longer (and periodically updated) version of the text and the accompanying graphics.

Mapping Decline @ WorldMap

This WorldMap project accompanies the book Mapping Decline: St. Louis and the Fate of the American City (PennPress, 2008)  It allows users to display or download most of the geospatial data developed for the book. Base layers include both Google Earth and historical maps. Viewers can also use Google street view, toggle to census data via Social Explorer, or display geo-referenced Picasa and YouTube content.

Mapping Decline

This web project accompanies Mapping Decline: St. Louis and the Fate of the American City.  It presents four interactive series of maps, each touching on a major theme developed in the book.  The data available here is not as extensive as on the WorldMap site, but offers a cleaner narrative overview of the history of demographic change, racial restrictions on property, zoning, and urban renewal in Greater St. Louis.

The Telltale Chart

The Telltale Chart present important data about the U.S. economy in an accessible, interactive, and portable form. As an historian, my strongest interest is in time-series, in charts and graphs and maps that illustrate big changes over large chunks of time.  The site includes both short videos and interactive graphics.

Digital Johnson County

Digital Johnson County is a collaboration of the University of Iowa Department of History, the Office of the State Archaeologist (OSA), the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and the University of Iowa Libraries Office of Digital Research and Publishing.  It provides access to a wide range of map and data layers documenting the social, natural, and political history of Johnson County, Iowa.  Research assistance from Cody Hodson.