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J. Gus Liebenow Collection, 1882-2011

Biographical Note

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 "Liberia: The Evolution of Privilege" (Cornell University Press, 1969 ), "Liberia: The Quest for Democracy" (Indiana University Press, 1987) and "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.

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