Mason B. Williams

Mason B. Williams

Associate 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


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, 2019).

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

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


Shorter Pieces:

“Making a Virtue of Necessity? Citizenship and Formal Structures of Urban Power from the Great Society to the ‘Metropolitan Revolution,'” Journal of Urban History (2018).

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

“The Great Depression and the New Deal,” in Darren Dochuk and Jerald Podair, eds., The Routledge History of the 20th Century United States (New York: Routledge, 2018).

“Clio 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).

Professional Affiliations

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


Current Committees

  • Committee on Admission and Financial Aid (CAFA)