“To make sense of the present and hold any hope of shaping the future, we must first understand the past.”

David J. Jepsen is an award-winning writer and film maker. An historian and educator, he teaches Northwest and U.S. history at Tacoma and South Puget Sound community colleges.

Contested Boundaries

Contested Boundaries offers a collection of theme-driven essays covering the human and environmental impact of exploration, trade, settlement and industrialization in the Pacific Northwest.  Created to make regional history accessible and relevant, it is a mainstay in many colleges and universities in Washington.

Labor Wars Of The Northwest

Labor Wars, written and directed by David, is the compelling story of the men and women who fought for fairness and dignity in the early decades of the 20th Century. Selected by the 2019 Gig Harbor Film Festival and nominated for best feature film in Washington, this full-length documentary has been shown to audiences throughout Washington.

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Reimagining Northwest History


Remembering a Violent Past

Articles & Essays

Not Just for Academics

Exhibit Design

History in Motion