About Steven A. Leibo

Dr. Steven A. Leibo is the Sherman David Spector Professor in the Humanities at Russell Sage College.  Leibo is also a documentary filmmaker. His most recent film is From Albany to Saigon: Vietnam & the Capital Region.

He is known to upstate New York residents for his work as a frequent international political analyst for regional television, radio, and newspapers.

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.


Recent Courses Taught

Leibo 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.

Research Interests

Modern International History and Politics
Asia and the West

Distinctions & Awards

In 2007 Leibo was 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 serves as a Climate “Mentor” for the organization and has given over 160 talks on global warming in upstate New York. He also serves as an international adviser for Brill Publication’s series on Chinese research on climate change. In 2012 Dr. Leibo was a guest on Al Gore’s 24 Hours of Climate Reality: The Dirty Weather Report global webcast which attracted over 16 million viewers.

Selected Publications

Sherman David Spector Professor in the Humanities and Professor of History and Society Steven Leibo, Ph.D., published the 2019-2020 edition of his book East and Southeast Asia.

Co-editor, Understanding Angry Groups: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Their Motivations and Effects on Society, with Professor Emerita Susan C. Cloninger, Ph.D