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Russell Humke Fitzgibbon


Russell Humke Fitzgibbon, American educator. Decorated Order of Don Cristóbal Colón (Dominican Republic).


Fitzgibbon, Russell Humke was born on June 29, 1902 in Columbus, Indiana, United States. Son of Thomas Francis and Frances A. (Moore) Fitzgibbon.


Bachelor of Arts, Hanover College, 1924. Doctor of Laws, 1952. A.M., Indiana U., 1928.

Doctor of Philosophy, University Wisconsin, 1933.


Research assistant political science University of Wisconsin, 1931-1933. Instructor, assistant professor, associate professor, professor of history and political science Hanover College, 1924-1936. Assistant professor political science University of California at Los Angeles, 1936-1942, associate professor, 1942-1948, department chairman, 1942-1943, 1948-1950, professor, 1948-1964, director Center Latin American Studies, 1959-1962, academic assistant to president, 1962-1964, 1967-1968.

Professor political science University of California, Santa Barbara, 1964-1972. Visiting professor Arizona State University, 1972-1973, research associate Latin American center, 1973-1979, Adjunct Professor, 1974-1979. Del Amo Foundation fellow, Latin American, 1943-1944, Spain, 1959, Doherty Foundation-Social Science Research Council fellow, Latin American, 1951.

Senior political analyst Office Inter-American Affairs, Washington, 1944-1945. Visiting professor political sci (summers) Ohio State University, 1952, U. Nebraska, 1954, University of Illinois, 1956, Indiana U., 1960, Georgetown University, 1963, 64. Fulbright research grantee, Italy, 1958-1959.


  • Author: Cuba and the United States, 1935. Outline of Latin American History, 1937. Uruguay

  • Portrait of a Democracy, 1954.

    Latin America: A Panorama of Contemporary Politics, 1971, 2d edition., 1981. The Agatha Christie Companion, 1980. Co-author: Latin America, Past and Present, 1946.

    Editor: The Civilization of the Americas, 1938. Forty Years on Main Street (editorials of William Allen White), 1938. Global Politics, 1944.

    The Constitutions of the Americas, 1948, The Era of Trujillo (with Jesús de Galindez, 1973.


Member American Political Science Association (board editors 1946-1947), Western Political Science Association (executive council 1951-1953, 57-58, president 1956-1957), Phi Delta Theta (nat. editor 1931-1936), Pi Sigma Alpha (executive council 1948-1950), Pi Gamma Mu, Alpha Phi Gamma.; member of the board contributing editors: Handbook of Latin American Studies, 1941-1945.


Married Irene Cory, July 6, 1929. Children: Alan Lee, Katherine Irene (Mistress.

Thomas Francis Fitzgibbon

Frances A. (Moore) Fitzgibbon

Irene Cory

Alan Lee Fitzgibbon

Katherine Irene (Mrs Fitzgibbon