Ted Mason has been a member of the Department of English at Kenyon College since 1989. He held prior teaching positions at the University of Virginia, Trinity College, and Mount Holyoke College.
Professor Mason teaches courses in African-American literature and culture, modern literature and literary theory. He is also an active participant in the African Diaspora Studies Concentration, frequently acting as director of the program. From 1999-2003 he was Kenyon's John B. McCoy-Bank One Distinguished Teaching Professor.
Professor Mason's teaching interests coincide with his research interests. He is the author of several articles, reviews, and presentations on African-American literature, culture, and literary theory. During 2003, Professor Mason served as president of the International Society for the Study of Narrative Literature. In 2008, he was elected to the Executive Committee of the Association of Departments of English (ADE), an organization sponsored by the Modern Language Association. He served as ADE President in 2010. From 2012-2015 he will serve as a GLCA/Teagle Foundation Pedagogy Fellow.
Areas of Expertise
African-American literature and culture, narrative theory, literary and cultural theory.
1979 — Doctor of Philosophy from Stanford University
1972 — Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University