Stuart Eric Leibiger, Ph.D. was born in 1965 in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, the youngest of four children. He spent all of his life along the northeastern seaboard of the United States. He was raised in Connecticut and graduated from the University of Virginia and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before settling in the Delaware Valley. He joined the La Salle University history department in 1997 after working at Princeton University for a time. Shortly after being hired as assistant professor or history at La Salle, Dr. Leibiger adapted his dissertation into his first book Founding Friendship: George Washington, James Madison, and the Creation of the American Republic. This would become the centerpiece in Dr. Leibiger’s anthology of works on the first president of the United States. Just before his fiftieth birthday in 2015, the George Washington Masonic National Memorial Association named Dr. Leibiger as the recipient of its annual award. Given to someone who continues to perpetuate the memory and values of George Washington, this is truly is a lifetime achievement award for Dr. Leibiger, as he always wanted to be an academic historian and has devoted his life’s work to the study of the founding fathers. Having been conducted a little over a month after receiving his lifetime achievement award, this interview seemed to come at an opportune moment, allowing Dr. Leibiger to reflect on his many accomplishments in a truly milestone year. This interview discusses Dr. Leibiger’s biographical information, his family history, his early education, his time as an undergraduate student at University of Virginia, his time as a graduate student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, his work at Princeton University, his work at La Salle University (including rising from junior faculty member to full professor and history department chair), the current state of his career, and finally, Dr. Stuart Leibiger, the man.
Leibiger, Stuart E. Ph.D. and Bixler, Gina L., "Interview of Stuart Leibiger, Ph.D." (2015). All Oral Histories. Paper 77.
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