Steven Harris-Scott is a Ph.D. candidate in Mason's Department of History and Art History, pursuing a doctorate in American History with plans of graduating in December 2013. His specialty is colonial America and the early modern Atlantic World, and his dissertation is currently titled, "Slow and Messy: Unfree Labor and the Transition from Indentured Servitude to Slavery in Bermuda and Virginia's Northern Neck, 1610-1710." Steven hopes to pursue a career in academia as a professor, an administrator, or preferably both.
In addition to his dissertation work, Steven holds two positions within Mason's administration – one as a Research Assistant and Media Consultant in the Office of Global and International Strategies, and the other as Acting Course Coordinator for World History in the Center for International Student Access (CISA). Steven is also excited to teach a class in the fall semester for the Honors College entitled, "Bound Labor and the Making of America."
Steven is the current president of Mason's Graduate and Professional Student Association (GAPSA) after serving as acting president and vice-president during the 2011-12 academic year. As president, Steven served on several University committees, including search committees for the Associate Provost of Graduate Education and Director of Graduate Life at Fairfax Campus positions, in addition to attending several meetings of the Presidential Transition Working Group. He is proud of his service in GAPSA during its initial years as an organization at Mason and looks to leave it in a better position than when he joined as treasurer for the 2010-11 school year.
Over the past six years at Mason, Steven has worked intensively in the classroom along with his administrative roles. During his first four years at Mason, he led recitations for the Intro to World History course in the Department of History and Art History. Last year, Steven acquired the opportunity to assist Provost Peter Stearns in his section of Intro to World History, which led to his current position as Acting Course Coordinator for World History with CISA. He has tentative plans to return to the History Department's World History course in the spring as the professor of record.
Steven has gained much personally from his years at Mason, meeting his wife in 2007 in a graduate class offered by Mason's History Department on Africa and the environment.