David T. Mason

Johnie Christian Family Professor of Peace Studies, Regents Professor of Political Science
University of North Texas

Bachelor of Arts (AB) in Political Science

I direct UNT’s Peace Studies Program and serve as Director (and co-founder) of UNT’s Castleberry Peace Institute, a peace science and human security research institute (I am relinquishing that post as of September 1). Previously, I served on the faculty of Mississippi State University from 1981 to 1992 and University of Memphis from 1992 to 2002, where I was a co-founder of that university‚Äôs Benjamin Hooks Institute for Social Change. I also served as department chair from 2000-2002. I came to UNT in 2002 as the Johnie Christian Family Peace Professor. I served as Associate Editor of International Studies Quarterly (2004-2007) and then Editor-in-Chief (2007-2008) of that journal, which is the flagship journal of the International Studies Association.

  • AB, The University of Georgia 1973 Political Science
  • MA, The University of Georgia 1978 Political Science
  • PHD, The University of Georgia 1982 Political Science
Pre-Occupation (Hobbies)

Gardening, softball, and playing with my guitars

Volunteer Activities / Service on Boards

Peacemakers Incorporated, a Dallas-based non-profit.

Favorite Athens Haunt & Getaway

Allen’s. The beer was cold and cheap and the steak burgers were tasty. I would go to concerts and baseball games in Atlanta, and to the beaches on St. Simons and Jekyll, where my family resides (Brunswick).