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An urban, public, and digital historian, Mark Tebeau has directed more than two dozen digital humanities, oral history, and public history projects. In March 2020, Tebeau co-created and co-directs A Journal of the Plague Year: An Archive of Covid-19, an international curatorial consortium that is building a crowdsourced digital archive documenting the pandemic. With attention to silences evident in traditional archives, JOTPY is connecting and linking data drawn from around the United States and the world into an archive that will help present and future researchers understand this tenuous moment.

Tebeau is an associate professor in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies.

As an urban historian, Tebeau’ s first book, "Eating Smoke: Fire in Urban America, 1800-1950" (Johns Hopkins, 2003) examined how urban residents physical and metaphorically constructed American cities in response to the risk of fire. He is now completing a book that explores the history of public gardens, monuments, and public art through the lens of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens.

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The scholarly community has started to recognize the importance of these battles and has supported activists by recognizing that statues are not history. They represent a moment of the past in which people express their values.

— Mark Tebeau, AZ PBS