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Karen Sieber is an award-winning scholar of riots and resistance, Black history, and labor history in the US. The Chicago native and Twin Cities transplant is best known as the creator of Visualizing the Red Summer, and for her work as a scholarly expert in documentaries such as the Gayle King CBS documentary Tulsa 1921: An American Tragedy. Her work has appeared in Jacobin, Yahoo, MSN, Minnesota History, The Conversation, PBS, Smithsonian, American Historical Association, Labor, and in the book Where Are the Workers?: Labor’s Stories at Museums and Historic Sites (University of Illinois Press 2023). Sieber earned her master’s degree in Public History from Loyola University Chicago, a B.A. in American Studies and Urban History from UNC Chapel Hill, and a post-graduate certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University. She currently teaches graduate courses in public history and serves as Director of the Finding Moses Initiative. For more visit