Associate Professor of Political Science

Degrees: Ph.D., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; M.A., London School of Economics & Political Science; B.A., University of Texas-Austin

Expertise: Comparative Politics; East Asian Studies & Politics; Political Theory; Political Culture

Dr. Pam Mason earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Texas at Austin (Plan II, Phi Beta Kappa), her Master’s Degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science (Modern European History) and her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Political Science/History of Political Thought). She was awarded the 1995 George Armstrong Kelly Prize of the Conference for the Study of Political Thought, and in 1997 was the recipient of the Magis Award of the JCU Student Union, for contributions to the Student Union.

Dr. Mason has served as a member of the JCU faculty since Fall, 1993.

  • Assistant Professor, 1993-1999
  • Associate Professor, 1999-present

Administrative Assignments:

  • Founding Director, Center for Global Education, 2000-2005
  • Director, East Asian Studies Program, 2009-2013
  • Associate Dean for Social Sciences, Education, and Global Studies, January 2014-August 2018
  • Interim Director of Global Education, September 2016-August 2018

Undergraduate courses taught 2018-19:

  • PO 104:  Introduction to Political Thought
  • PO 241:  History, Culture, Politics:  Asia
  • PO 347:  American Political Thought

Dr. Mason’s research interests include intersections of reformed thought, monarchism, and republicanism in early modern political thought and issues in contemporary American political thought.

Her most recent publication, “The Romance of the Inland Isle: Tocqueville’s Democracy in America and the Landscape of Providence,” appeared in the Journal of Cultural Geography 29, 3 (October 2012), pp. 247-266.

Dr. Mason’s translation of an early eighteenth century manifesto arguing for an absolutist understanding of the sovereignty of “the people” is circulating for initial review. She is scheduled to present on issues raised by the work at the conference, “Monarchy and Modernity, 1500-1945,” to be held at the University of Cambridge, 8-9 January 2019.


Fall 2019 Course Schedule

  • PO 104-51 Political Thought
    T R, 11:00 am – 12:15 pm
  • PO 200-51 Introduction to Methods
    T R, 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm
  • PO 241-51 History, Culture, & Politics
    T R, 8:00 am – 9:15 am