- Assistant Professor, Justice and Social Inquiry, School of Social Transformation, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Arthur Mason works on the history, politics and culture of arctic natural gas development, and particularly of Alaska and Western Canada. He received his PhD from UC Berkeley in 2004, and is completing his first book, Expectation and Expertise as Mature Practices of the Contemporary for Cornell University Press, which is a study of energy market restructuring and the politics of Alaska natural gas pipeline development. He is currently working on energy forecasting and how images of the energy future have impacted energy policy and planning since the early 1970s. In this work, he also focuses on the activities of experts, a theme that he is developing in various works on the politics and culture of consultant forecasting.
Dr. Mason serves as Director of StudioPolar (www.studiopolar.com). His ethnographic experience includes various politically appointed State of Alaska positions including Associate Director of Energy under Alaska governor Frank Murkowski, and Energy Coordinator under Alaska governor Tony Knowles. He has also conducted long-term ethnographic research at various urban and village sites in Alaska and Western Canada.
- PhD, University of California-Berkeley, 2004