"Alfred Joseph Rieber was born in Mount Vernon, New York, in 1931. After receiving his B.A. from Colgate University in 1953, he attended the Russian (now Harriman) Institute of Columbia University and graduated with his M.A. in 1954 and Ph.D. in 1959. His doctoral program included one year (1958-1959) at Moscow State University, where he studied as a Columbia Traveling Fellow in the first U.S.-Soviet Cultural Exchange Program. He taught at Northwestern University from 1959 to 1965, first as Assistant Professor and later as Associate Professor. In 1965, he was appointed Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. His administrative appointments at Penn include Chairmanship of the History Department from 1967 to 1972 and Associate Deanship of the School of Arts and Sciences from 1974 to 1976. In 1997, Rieber became a professor emeritus."