Steven Leibo


Dr. Steven A. Leibo, the Sherman David Spector Professor in the Humanities at the Sage Colleges in New York, focuses on 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 the History of Medicine, Climate Change and Big History a very ambitious course that covers history from the Big Bang to the arrival of Artificial Intelligence.

Dr. Leibo also taught at the State University of New York at Albany from 1986 to 2015. 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 an international political analyst for 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.

East & Southeast Asia 2014

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 hundreds of talks  on global warming in the upstate New York region. He also served as an international adviser for Brill Publication’s  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.  He is also 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 2017 an annual from Stryker-Post (2017-18 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 is an historical novel set during the Chinese Civil War of the 1860s.

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Leibo has also just completed  a sequel to his historical novel Tienkuo, called, Beyond the Heavenly Kingdom which is set in the United States during the 1870s and focuses on the politics surrounding the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882.  Both historical novels are available on Amazon as paperback, e-books and Amazon Audible books.



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15 Responses to Steven Leibo

  1. Carol Randles says:

    When will Steven Leibo’s commentary on Midday Magazine TODAY -MARCH 10 – be available online? It was very fine!

  2. Steven Leibo says:

    it is now up.. thank you for your interest!

  3. Stephen Hinkey says:

    Hi, Steve,
    I heard part of your commentary about the recent events we have all read and seen, relating them to our collective addiction to coal, oil and nuclear power. I very much liked what I heard. I think it was on about Mar. 24. When it is posted I would like to see it and share it with others. Thank you!

    My question to all of us is what will it take to wake us up?

  4. Steven Leibo says:

    thanks for writing. I am now up to date with uploading commentaries. Appreciate your interest in my work.
    Steven Leibo

  5. Bob says:

    I commented on some recent posts. As I have told you before, I am ready to help attack climate change where I can. It needs to be the right plan of attack though.

  6. Steven Leibo says:

    great to hear from you Bob! Do send me a private note and catch me up on how you are doing.” About dealing with the climate crisis, frankly I think the world is doing a great job. Across the planet enormous projects are going on to switch to green energy. The only problem is that we are not going fast enough to deal with the challenge!

    Dr. Leibo

  7. Stephen: Enjoyed your talk today at JCA (Humanist Society). What are your thoughts about why foreign policy is so seldom on the front burner in our domestic politics? Are we entering another period of isolationism? And how can you relate all you said today (Sunday the 11th) to Campaign 2012? Hard to avoid some reference, however fleeting, to domestic politics, isn’t it? And when are you coming back to HILL and/or OASIS? Next year?

  8. Steven Leibo says:

    Good questions, for years America was so powerful that Americans thought they could ignore the rest of the world unless there was a major threat. It was not true but that was the impression. Today, I don’t see a difference between domestic and foreign policy though few people appreciate that they have largely blended.
    Thanks for your kind words.
    Steven Leibo

  9. Ibrahim taha says:

    Hi Dr/ Steven
    it was a great time had with you and wonderful talk so want to thank you a lot w insha allh we will meet again……
    look after your self

  10. Tiffany says:

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  12. Hi Steve–I am looking for your commentary that was on WAMC either Wednesday, March 2 or Thursday, March 3. I can’t find it yet. It was brilliant. Thank you.

  13. Hi Steven, I read your profile. You have wow contribution. I feel proud to be part of Climate reality in Denver that has contributors like you. Regards

  14. Lynette Johnson says:

    I heartily concur w/Mr Umrani. . .I’m an old UCSB/Calif. college friend of Steven and urge him and others to keep reporting Actual truth and pass it forward. This fascist regime cannot be tolerated, and will only be stopped by our collective, intelligent and ongoing protest.

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