Simon Appleford

Simon Appleford, PhD

Simon Appleford, PhD
Assistant Professor
Associate Director, Creighton Digital Humanities Initiative

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Simon Appleford

Simon Appleford’s research focuses on the intersections of digital humanities, visual culture, and 20th-century U.S. cultural and intellectual history. His current research uses digital technologies to explore how the political cartoonist Herbert Block articulated and channeled the currents of postwar liberalism. He has also worked on and led numerous funded research projects and has written articles for publications as diverse as Toward the Meeting of the Waters: Currents in the Civil Rights Movement in South Carolina and The DATA BASE for Advances in Information Systems. Together with Jennifer Guiliano, he is the co-author of, an online resource for digital humanities project development, and the forthcoming book Getting Started in the Digital Humanities.


PhD (2014), University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
MLitt (2001), University of St. Andrews
MA (2000), University of St. Andrews

Courses Taught

United States History to 1877
United States History since 1877
Introduction to Digital Humanities
Digital History


Getting Started in the Digital Humanities: A How-To Guide to Digital Research, co-authored with Jennifer Guiliano (in progress) Development for the Digital Humanities, co-authored with Jennifer Guiliano. Digital resource available online at

Recent Articles

“Understanding the Social Web: An Interdisciplinary Research Agenda for Information Systems,” with James R. Bottum and Jason B. Thatcher in The DATA BASE for Advances in Information Systems, Vol. 45, No. 1, 2014: 29-37.

“History: The Role of Technology in the Democratization of Education,” with Orville Vernon Burton and James Onderdonk in Ubiquitous Learning, eds. Bill Cope and Mary Kalantzis (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2009), pp. 197-205.

“Seeds in Unlikely Soil: The Briggs v. Elliott School Desegregation Case,” with Orville Vernon Burton and Beatrice Burton in Toward ‘the Meeting of the Waters’: Currents in the Civil Rights Movement in South Carolina, ed. Vernon Burton and Winifred B. Moore, Jr. (University of South Carolina Press, 2008), pp. 176-200.