Mason B. Williams

Mason B. Williams

Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies and Political Science

Schapiro Hall Rm 225
At Williams since 2014


B.A. Princeton University, History (2006)
M.A. Columbia University, History (2009)
Ph.D. Columbia University, History (2012)

Areas of Expertise

  • U.S. political history
  • 20th century U.S. history
  • American Political Development
  • The politics of historical memory
  • The history of New York

Scholarship/Creative Work


City of Ambition: FDR, La Guardia, and the Making of Modern New York (W.W. Norton, 2013).

Alan Brinkley: A Life in History, co-edited with David Greenberg and Moshik Temkin (Columbia University Press, 2018).

Shaped by the State: Toward a New Political History of the Twentieth Century, co-edited with Brent Cebul and Lily Geismer (University of Chicago Press, 2018).


Shorter Pieces:

“Trickle-Down Urbanism,” Dissent (2018).

“Cleo and the Compound Republic,” with Brent Cebul and Karen Tani,┬áPublius: The Journal of Federalism (2017).

“Warnings from the Age of Marble,” The Atlantic (2015).

“What Made the Roosevelts the Roosevelts?” The New Republic (2014).

Professional Affiliations

  • American Historical Association
  • American Political Science Association
  • Business History Conference
  • Organization of American Historians
  • Urban History Association


Current Committees

  • Faculty Review Panel
  • Leadership Studies Program