Peter Masten Dunne was a Jesuit priest, educator, and historian, known for his publications on the work of the Jesuits in
northern colonial Mexico, from Tarahumara to Lower California and Arizona. A member of the California Province he served as
chair of the History Department at the University of San Francisco, 1934-1957.
Peter Masten Dunne (1889-1957) was born in San Jose, California and attended Santa Clara College, 1901-1906, then entering
the Society of Jesus. He studied theology at the French seminary at Ore Place in Hastings, England, 1919-1923, where he was
ordained in April 1921. After completing his Tertianship in Ohio, he served as Associate Editor of "America" magazine in New
York City, 1924-1925. He taught History and English at Santa Clara University and at the Sacred Heart Novitiate, 1925-1930.
He began his career as a professor of history at the University of San Francisco in 1931, completing his doctorate in philosophy
at the University of California in 1934 under the direction of Herbert E. Bolton. He authored ten books and numerous articles
on Jesuit mission activities in colonial Mexico and the New Southwest. He died in San Francisco 15 January 1957.