I study how people have constructed--physically and metaphorically--the urban environment in which they live. I am completing a book manuscript in which I explore how urban memorials and public art reveal the changing nature of cities and community identity in the twentieth century. The Cleveland Cultural Gardens and Northern Ohio's vernacular landscape serve as a lens through which to refract a broader story of national change. I am also researching air racing, exploring how Americans constructed identity, risk, and spectacle in the first half of the twentieth century.

In 2003, Johns Hopkins published my study of firefighters an fire insurers, Eating Smoke: Fire in Urban America, 1800-1950, which examined how firefighters and insurers sought to curtail the risk of fire, and in the process gave shape to city development.


Mark Tebeau
Associate Professor
Department of History
Rhodes Tower 1908
2121 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland State University
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214

Research Specialties
Urban & Environmental History
19th & 20th Century U.S. Social History
Public History, Oral History, Historical Methods

Phone: (216) 687-3937
Fax: (216) 687-5592

Current Research/Public History
Cleveland Cultural Gardens
Euclid Corridor History Project
Social Studies--Teacher Lessons
Rivers, Roads, & Rails
Sounds of History

Eating Smoke Office Hours
M/W: 9:30-10:45
by appointment

Current Courses:
Local History (HIS400)
Social Studies (HIS390)

Invisible Cities
Rivers, Roads, & Rails