Dr. Robbie Lieberman received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1984, and came to SIU in 1991. A specialist in recent U.S. history, her particular areas of interest include war and peace, social movements, and music. She is the author of My Song Is My Weapon: People's Songs, American Communism, and the Politics of Culture, 1930-1950 (1989);The Strangest Dream: Communism, Anti-Communism, and the American Peace Movement, 1945-1963 (2000); and Prairie Power: Voices of 1960s Midwestern Student Protest (2004).
Her most recent publication is a book co-edited with Clarence Lang, Anticommunism and the African American Freedom Movement(2009). Her current project focuses on the relationship between civil rights and peace movements in the early cold war years. She has served as the editor of Peace & Change: A Journal of Peace Research since 2006.
Professor Lieberman was named "Outstanding Faculty Member in the University Core Curriculum" in 1999, Outstanding Teacher in the College of Liberal Arts in 2001, winner of the SIU Carbondale Women of Distinction Award in 2003, given for demonstrated commitment to diversity, and Outstanding Scholar in the College of Liberal Arts in 2007.