Dr. Paul Luebke died Saturday, Oct. 29. An associate professor, he had been a member of the Department of Sociology at UNCG since 1976. He began teaching at UNCG after spending time teaching at Tougaloo College and at UNC Chapel Hill. At UNCG, he taught courses in political sociology, media, social movements and international social problems.
He was a public sociologist, actively engaged in sharing his knowledge of the political structure with others.
He was a frequent presenter at the Mid-South Sociological Society and Southern Sociological Society annual conferences. He was consistently quoted in and interviewed for North Carolina newspapers and the Associated Press.
Since 1991, Luebke had been a member of the North Carolina General Assembly, representing the 30th House District. In July 2016, he was honored for serving 25 years in the North Carolina Legislature.
He was also the author of two books about North Carolina politics, “Tar Heel Politics: Myths and Realities” (1990) and “Tar Heel Politics 2000” (1998), and wrote several book chapters on the topic of politics in the South.