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


Note: courses in gray are not offered this academic year.

LEAD 125 / PSCI 125(F)

Leadership, Power and Legitimacy: An Introduction to Leadership Studies

PSCI 215 / LEAD 215(S)

Race and Inequality in the American City

LEAD 369 / PSCI 369(S)

The Crisis of Leadership

Scholarship/Creative Work


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


Shorter Pieces:

“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

  • Leadership Studies Program