Lance E. Mason teaches courses in social studies and social foundations of education. He received his Ph.D. from Penn State in 2013. His scholarship employs pragmatism, semiotics, cultural studies, and media ecology to explore changing social dynamics and their intersections with media literacy and democratic education. His publications have appeared in prominent national journals including Curriculum Inquiry, Theory and Research in Social Education, The Social Studies, Social Education, Social Studies Research and Practice, Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, Democracy and Education, and Education and Culture: The Journal of the John Dewey Society. His work is informed by five years prior experience as a high school teacher in Detroit Public Schools.


  • 2013  Penn State University, State College, PA
    • Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction: Language, Culture, & Society (Social Studies)
    • Ph.D., Social Thought, Minor
  • 2009  Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI
    • M.A., Social Foundations of Education, Cultural Studies track
  • 2002  The University of Michigan, Dearborn, MI
    • Teaching Certification, Social Studies 7-12
  • 1999  The University of Michigan, Dearborn, MI
    • B.A., Sociology; B.A., Psychology