Patrick L. Mason, Ph.D. is Professor of Economics & Director, African American Studies Program, Florida State University. His primary areas of interest include labor, political economy, development, education, social identity, and crime. He is particularly interested in racial inequality, educational achievement, income distribution, unemployment, economics of identity (race and religion), family environment and socioeconomic wellbeing, and transitions in family structure and public policy, racial profiling, and innovation and development in Caribbean economies.
In addition to membership in the American Economic Association and the National Economic Association, Professor Mason is also Chairman of the Board of Directors, Partners for Dignity & Rights; Member, Board of Directors, Fair Foods Standards Council (FFSC).
Professor Mason is general editor of the International Encyclopedia of Race and Racism, 2nd Edition, Macmillan Reference USA (February 2013) and author of Permanent Structural Racism: Stratification Economics on the Persistent Reproduction of Racism in the American Labor Market (In-Progress). He has authored about 90 journal articles, book chapters, books, and other professional publications.