Dr. D. Elwood Dunn, Political Scientist, Prolific Author, Distinguished Scholar, Former Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Republic of Liberia; a recipient of Liberia's highest honor, the Grand Band Liberian Order of the Star of Africa; and also Knight Grand Commander, Liberian Humane Order of African Redemption.
Dr. D. Elwood Dunn, the 165th Independence Orator of the Republic of Liberia, was born in Grand Bassa County, Republic of Liberia.
After obtaining a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from the Cuttington College and Divinity School in Liberia in 1964, Dr. Dunn went on to earn a Masters Degree in International Relations from the American University in Washington, D.C, in 1969.
Prior to that, in pursuit of furthering his education, Dr. Dunn, sojourned to the Republic of France where he attended the University of Lyons to study Political Science, French Language and Literature which was followed later with a doctorate degree of Philosophy in International Studies from the American University in the United States.
Dr. Elwood Dunn is the author of several books and has several publications to his credit, including the Annual Messages of the Presidents of Liberia 1848-2010; Historical Dictionary of Liberia; and Liberia and United States During the Cold War.
The Erudite scholar is academically affiliated with a number of institutions and organizations and is a member of several bodies, including membership of the following Board of Editors: Journal of International and Comparative Studies; Editorial Board, Liberian Studies Journal; American Political Science Association.
In his lifetime and as a career political scientist, Dr. Dunn has been awarded several Distinctions, Awards and Decorations which include, the Phi Sigma Alpha, the American National Political Science Honor Society; the Bwana Mwalimu Award, Black Students Union of the University of the South, USA; Africa's Who's Who; and Award in Recognition and Appreciation for Services Rendered to the Union of Liberian Associations in the Americas.
On the home front, Dr. Elwood Dunn, led a special mission for the President of Liberia to President Sekou Toure of Guinea in 1979; Head of Special Mission for the President of Liberia to then Prime Minister Robert Gabriel Mugabe of Zimbabwe in 1980.
On the academic side, Dr. Dunn rose from an Instructor of African Studies at Seton Hall University in the US to the Chair and professorship of Political Science at the University of the South which include his years of serving Liberia as Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Liberia and adjunct Professor of Political Science at the then Cuttington University College in Suakoko, Bong County in Liberia.
Dr. Elwood Dunn is married to Rev. Dr. Matilda Greene Dunn, an Episcopal Priest. They have four grown children.