Sherman David Spector Professor in the Humanities
Professor, History & Society

Gurley Hall, Troy
[email protected]


Dr. Steven A. Leibo, the Sherman David Spector Professor in the Humanities at the Sage Colleges in New York, specializes in Modern International History & Politics. He teaches courses on a range of topics from Modern China, the Modern Middle East, and Modern World History to classes on Globalization and Climate Change. Dr. Leibo has also taught at the State University of New York at Albany since 1986. A former Fulbright scholar, Prof. Leibo specializes in the relationship between Asia and the West. Leibo has extensive experience leading study tours through Vietnam. Leibo is also a documentary filmmaker. His most recent film is From Albany to Saigon: Vietnam & the Capital Region.

Among scholars of Asia, Leibo is best known for his role with the international discussion group H-ASIA. In 1994 he and Frank Conlon created the list for the emerging H-NET organization. For the following ten years, until 2004 Leibo usually served as the list’s lead editor.

Leibo is probably best known to upstate New York residents for his work as a frequent international political analyst for regional television, radio, and newspapers. During the Persian Gulf War of 1990-91 he served as the international political analyst for WTEN TV. Since 1997 Dr. Leibo has served as an international affairs commentator for WAMC Northeast Public Radio.

In early 2007 Leibo was among those personally trained by Al Gore and The Climate Realty Project to give updated versions of the slide show featured in the Academy Award-winning film An Inconvenient Truth. He currently serves as a Climate “Mentor” for the organization and has given over a hundred and sixty talks on global warming in the upstate New York region. He also serves as an international adviser for Brill Publication’s up-coming series on Chinese research on climate change. In November 0f 2012 Dr. Leibo appeared as a guest on Al Gore’s 24 Hours of Climate Reality: The Dirty Weather Report global webcast which attracted over 16 million viewers.

Dr Leibo was recently elected to membership on the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. During the academic year 2015-16 he will also be an “Associate in Research” at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University.

Earlier in life Leibo held a a great many jobs from shoe salesman and gas station attendant to Fuller Brush man and even spent almost two years at Stanford University interviewing people about their sex lives during the mid 1970s. In short, he brings to all his work, from teaching and writing to commentary, a very broad and diverse range of experiences to draw upon.

Professor Leibo is the author/and or editor/adviser for many academic and popular works, among them:

Adviser with Li Yang of the English language translation of Tsinghua University’s Annual Review of Low Carbon Development in China (2011-2012) in press Brill Publications

“The New Mongolia: From Gold Rush to Climate Change” Education About Asia.

“Asia & the Climate Crisis” Education about Asia Winter 2010/11 issue vol. 15, number 3)

“Can Historians Be Helpful in Addressing the Climate Crisis”
History News Network September 2008

East, And Southeast Asia 1997 to 2015 an annual from Stryker-Post (2013 edition available in August) Rowman & Littlefield

Transferring Technology to China: Prosper Giquel and the Self-Strengthening Movement. Berkeley, 1985

Journal of the Chinese Civil War by Prosper Giquel 1864. Hawaii, 1985

Tienkuo: The Heavenly Kingdom (published under the name Li Bo): this historical novel set in nineteen-century China and is available as an e-book through Amazon for their Kindle or iPods and the iPad. The novel is currently being translated into Chinese for possible publication in China.

Leibo is currently writing a sequel to his historical novel Tienkuo, to be called Beyond the Heavenly Kingdom.

Individuals interested in inviting Leibo speak to your organization should contact him directly at [email protected]

Online Resources

Dr. Leibo’s World Watch Blog

The Climate Project

WAMC Northeast Public Radio