College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Political Science

Dr. David S. Mason

Dave Mason 101

Professor Emeritus of Political Science
(317) 940-9682

Areas of Expertise

International Politics, Comparative Politics, U.S. Foreign Policy, European Politics, Russian and East European Politics, Public Opinion

Published Works

The End of the American Century (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008). Blog site associated with this book:

Revolutionary Europe 1789-1989: Liberty, Equality, Solidarity (Rowman and Littlefield, 2004)

Marketing Democracy: Changing Opinion about Inequality and Politics in East Central Europe, co-authored with James Kluegel (Rowman and Littlefield, 2000).

Revolution and Transition in East Central Europe, 2nd ed. (Westview, 1996)

Social Justice and Political Change: Public Opinion in Capitalist and Post-Communist States, co-edited with James Kluegel and Bernd Wegener (Aldine deGruyter, 1995)

Revolution in East Central Europe: The Rise and Fall of Communism and the Cold War (Westview, 1992).

Public Opinion and Political Change in Poland, 1980 1982 (Cambridge University Press, 1985).

For a fuller list, and links to many of the publications, see:

Educational Degrees

B.A., Cornell University, Government, 1969.

M.A., Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Bologna, Italy and Washington, D.C., 1971.

Ph.D., Indiana University, Political Science, 1978; and Certificate for East European Studies, Russian and East European Institute, 1975.

Professional Experience

Butler University: Instructor, 1975-7; Assistant Professor, 1978-83; Associate Professor, 1983-1990; Professor, 1990-2008; Professor Emeritus, 2008-Present

University of Pittsburgh's "Semester at Sea", Fall 1988 and Fall 1998 (directed the required interdisciplinary core course).

Director of Butler's core course "Change and Tradition" 2003-2008.

Head of Department of Political Science, July 1991-August 1998.

Director of the International Social Justice Project (international research team) 1988-2006 (website at:

Awards, Honors, Grants

Named Outstanding Teacher in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences by Mortar Board, 1986;

Outstanding Teacher award in the College of LAS, 2001;

"Above and Beyond" award from Student Government Association, 2005.

Research grants received from the National Science Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Council for Soviet and East European Research, the International Research and Exchanges Board, and the Social Science Research Council.