Rebecca Mason

Rebecca Mason

Associate Professor

Full-Time Faculty


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.

Research Areas

  • Metaphysics
  • Feminist philosophy
  • Social and political philosophy


  • 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

Prior Experience

  • Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of San Francisco

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

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