Rebecca Mason

Rebecca Mason

Associate Professor

Full-Time Faculty

Kalmanovitz Hall 134


Rebecca Mason is originally from Nova Scotia, Canada, where she completed her BA and MA in philosophy at Dalhousie University. In 2015, she received her PhD in philosophy from Northwestern University. She specializes in metaphysics (especially social metaphysics), feminist philosophy, and social and political philosophy. She also has interests in epistemology and philosophy of language, especially where these intersect with her areas of specialization.

Coordinator, Bay Area Feminism and Philosophy Workshop
Vice President, University of San Francisco Faculty Association
Sergeant at Arms, University of San Francisco Faculty Association
Parliamentarian, University of San Francisco Faculty Association
Policy Board Representative, University of San Francisco Faculty Association
Northwestern, PhD in Philosophy, 2015
Dalhousie, MA in Philosophy, 2008
Dalhousie, BA in Philosophy, 2007
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of San Francisco
Feminist philosophy
Social and political philosophy
Selected Publications

"Social Kinds are Essentially Mind-Dependent," Philosophical Studies, 2021

"Against Social Kind Anti-Realism," Metaphysics, 2020

"Rejecting the 'Implicit Consensus': A Reply to Jenkins," Thought​, 2020

“Social Ontology,” (with Katherine Ritchie), Routledge Handbook of Metametaphysics, 2020

Awards & Distinctions

Student Organization Advisor of the Year, University of San Francisco

Doctoral Fellowship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, 2009-2013

McCarthy Award for Teaching Excellence in Philosophy, Northwestern University, 2012