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Mark Tebeau

Assistant Director of Graduate Studies & Associate Professor, History
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4302
Associate Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4302
Biography

An urban, public, and digital historian, Mark Tebeau has directed more than two dozen digital humanities, oral history, and public history projects.  

Tebeau leads the development of Curatescape a framework for mobile publishing that seeks to make open-source and/or low-cost hosted mobile tools available to scholars and curators. With funding from the NEH Office of Digital Humanities, Curatescape is being used by more than 20 cultural organizations, universities, and heritage preservation organizations to curate landscapes and museums. Projects include Salt River Stories, Cleveland Historical (which Tebeau co-directs), Spokane Historical, Baltimore Heritage, New Orleans Historical, Explore Kentucky, and Connecticut Communities. 

Prior to joining Arizona State University in 2013, Tebeau directed the Center for Public History + Digital Humanities at Cleveland State University. Tebeau and the center collected more than 800 oral histories that explore the history of the Northeast Ohio region. 

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. 

He resides with his family in the valley; he can be found on twitter @urbanhumanist.

Education
  • Ph.D. Carnegie Mellon University
  • M.A. Carnegie Mellon University
  • A.B. University of Chicago
Research Interests

Tebeau's research explores the changing historical construction of cities, landscapes, and place. In particular, his work has focused on how gardens, urban monuments, and memory landscapes have been imagined in the United States and across the globe. 

As a public historian and digital humanists, Tebeau argues that scholars have become curators and that urbanists should reimagine the field to curate cities as living museums. 

In this research, he explores how place and space can be expressed, understood, and imagined in collaboration with public audiences. He is particular interested in how digital technologies shape the expression and experience of landscape.

Tebeau also believes that reimagining scholarly and public history for the digital age requires more than imaginative writing. It demands the use, adaptation, and creation of technologiy.

 

Publications
  • Mark Tebeau. Salt River Stories. (2014).
  • Mark Tebeau, Mark Souther. Cleveland Historical. (2014).
  • Mark Tebeau. Curating Landscape in the Mobile Age,. White Paper for NEH (see Mobile Historical grant) (2013).
  • Mark Tebeau. Listening to the City: Oral History & Place in the Digital Era. Oral History Review (2013).
  • Mark Tebeau. Salt River Stories. (2013).
  • Mark Tebeau, Mark Souther. Cleveland Historical. (2013).
Research Activity
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 485History in the Wild
HST 494Special Topics
HST 580Practicum
HST 590Reading and Conference
HST 591Seminar
HST 599Thesis
HST 692Research
HST 790Reading and Conference
HST 792Research
HST 799Dissertation
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 591Seminar
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 502Public History Methodology
HST 591Seminar
HST 592Research
HST 599Thesis
HST 792Research
HST 799Dissertation
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 485History in the Wild
HST 494Special Topics
HST 590Reading and Conference
HST 591Seminar
HST 599Thesis
HST 792Research
HST 799Dissertation
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 306Studies in US History
HST 494Special Topics
HST 499Individualized Instruction
HST 502Public History Methodology
HST 593Applied Project
HST 599Thesis
HST 792Research
HST 799Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 306Studies in US History
HST 590Reading and Conference
HST 593Applied Project
HST 599Thesis
HST 792Research
HST 799Dissertation
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 306Studies in US History
HST 493Honors Thesis
HST 590Reading and Conference
HST 593Applied Project
HST 792Research
HST 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 492Honors Directed Study
HST 502Public History Methodology
HST 792Research
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 692Research
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 584Internship
HST 593Applied Project
HST 792Research
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 502Public History Methodology
HST 580Practicum
PUB 584Internship
HST 584Internship
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 590Reading and Conference
HST 598Special Topics
HST 792Research
Presentations
  • Mark Tebeau. Workshop: Public History & Digital Humanities. American Historical Association Annual Conference (Dec 2014).
  • Mark Tebeau, Clayton Hanson, Anna Harbine. Strategies and Techniques of Mobile Interpretation for Landscapes & Museums. National Association for Interpretation (Nov 2014).
  • Mark Tebeau. Imagining the De-Industrial City though Post-Industrial Digital Tools. Concordia University: De-Industrialization and Its Aftermath (May 2014).
  • Mark Tebeau. Ephemerality & Performance in Public History. National Council for Public History (Apr 2014).
  • Mark Tebeau. Re-Imagining Curation in the Digital Age. Minnesota Digital Humanities Conference (May 2013).
  • Mark Tebeau. Digital Tools and Skills for Public Historians. National Council on Public History (Apr 2013).
Editorships

Oral History Review

University of Masschusetts Press

Service
  • Cleveland Museum of Art, Advisory Committee to the Board of Trustees on Education (2009 - 2013)