J. Gus Liebenow Collection, 1882-2011
J. Gus Liebenow
joined the faculty of Indiana
University in 1958 and
founded the university's African Studies
Program in 1961, which he
directed for 11 years. He also served as dean for research and advanced studies as
well as vice president and dean for academic affairs on the Bloomington campus.
In 1987, he was named Rudy Professor by
the university trustees, who award the title for excellence. He retired in 1990. An expert on Liberia, Professor Liebenow testified on developments
in the republic before several Congressional committees in the 1970s and 1980s. On
retirement, he received the first Lifetime Achievement Award of the Liberian Studies
Association, a group of scholars from around the world.
He was a prolific writer on African politics, education, history, agriculture and
urbanization. Among his numerous books are
The Evolution of Privilege"
Press, 1969 ),
"Liberia: The Quest for
University Press, 1987)
"African Politics: Crises and Challenges" (Indiana University
Press, 1986). Professor
Liebenow was born in
Berwyn, Ill. He
graduated from the University of Illinois ,
where he received a master's degree in
1950. After being a Goodwin Fellow at Harvard University in 1951-1952, he earned a Ph.D. in
political science at Northwestern
University in 1955.