Larry Gerber was born in Los Angeles and received his BA, MA, and PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. Before coming to Auburn in 1983, he taught for the University of Maryland (European Division), the University of Arizona, and Brown University. He has also been a visiting professor at Lakehead University (Canada), the University of Helsinki, and the University of Joensuu (Finland).
A specialist in twentieth century American history, with a particular interest in public policy, political ideology, and the role of government in society, he is the author of The Irony of State Intervention (2005) and The Limits of Liberalism (1983). He has also published articles in Business History Review, Labor History, Social Science History, Journal of Policy History, and Journal of American Studies.
Active in university governance, he has been chair of the Auburn University Senate and has published a number of articles relating to governance. He served as national vice president of the American Association of University Professors from 2002-2008. He remains a member of the AAUP National Executive Committee and is also chair of its Committee on Governance of Colleges and Universities.
He officially retired in July 2008, but continued to teach some courses each spring semester and to work with graduate students through spring 2011.
Last Updated: May 23, 2019