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Ammon Shepherd : Curriculum Vitae


George Mason University (2007-2016)

  • ABD, Ph.D. in History
  • Dissertation: “Nazi Tunnels: Underground Factory Dispersal and Forced Labor Camps

    at Porta Westfalica” (
  • Major Field: Modern Europe.
  • Minor Field: 20th Century German.
  • Minor Field: New Media.


George Mason University (2005-2007)

  • M.A. History awarded May 2007. GPA 3.74.
  • Emphasis on modern German History and new media.


Arizona State University (2000-2003)

  • B.A. in History awarded May 2003. GPA 3.61.
  • B.A. in German awarded May 2003. GPA 3.61.
  • Graduated magna cum lauda.
  • Emphasis in Asian studies.
  • Deans List: 4 semester, Honor Roll: 5 semesters
  • D.A.N.K. (German American National Congress) scholarship


  • “The Future of our Past. Leveraging Todays Technology to Capture Yesterdays Memories.” [pdf] Mesa, Arizona Family History Expo 2008 [link].
  • “Mapping Nazi Tunnels: The Reich’s Secret Plans for Underground Factories.” [pdf] American Historical Association Annual Meeting 2009 [link].
  • “Digital History: Tools and Tricks to Learn the New Trade.” American Historical Association Annual Meeting 2013 [link].

Work Experience

Digital Humanities Developer (July 2014 - Present)

Scholars' Lab, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.

  • DevOps - development and operations
  • GIS systems developement


Associate Directory of Technology (June 2011 – July 2014)

Center for History and New Media, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.

  • Systems administrator for 17 servers, both hardware and software, that serve web content to over 1.3 million unique visitors each month, with over 80 active domain names.
  • Manage over 150 personal computers and software licenses to comply with George Mason University policies.
  • Oversee the technical needs and help shape technical goals for the Center for History and New Media.


Adjunct Professor (Fall 2013)

George Mason University, Fairfax, VA


IT Analyst, Technical Coordinator, Webmaster (Jun. 2006 - Present)

Center for History and New Media, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.

  • Manage over 100 computer systems.
  • System administrator of web server that receives over 1 million unique visitors an month in world-wide traffic.
  • Mange numerous websites for CHNM. Duties include fixing code, diagnosing issues, and providing solutions for unique requests.


Graduate Research Assistant (Jan. 2006 - May 2006)

Center for History and New Media, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.

  • Design and build web applications for internal tracking of resources.
  • Update and improve existing projects, such as the September 11 digital archive (


Lead Developer, Project Manager (Feb. 2005 - Present), Mesa, AZ.

  • Design, create, and manage multiple company web pages.
  • Manage hardware, software and logistical issues involved with web servers.


Computer Technician, Project Manager (Jan. 2003 - Feb. 2005)

Sequoia Development, Mesa, AZ.

  • Lead international team to research and implement solutions to school needs.
  • Provided reliable and prompt support and training to staff.


Computer Teacher (Jan. 2003 - May 2004)

Sequoia Schools, Mesa, AZ.

  • Developed original and engaging curriculum.
  • Helped students understand and internalize course material.
  • Instructed and guided students through hands-on projects.