Mary Ann Mason

professor of social welfare and of law (deceased)

Mary Ann Mason was professor and co-director of the Center on Health, Economics and Family Security at Berkeley Law, as well as professor emeritus of social welfare. Her scholarship spans children and family law, policy and history. Recent works focused on working families, in particular the issues faced by the surging numbers of professional women in law, medicine, science, and the academic world. She is the co-author, with J. Younger, of "Title IX and Pregnancy Discrimination in Higher Education," NYU Review of Law and Social Change (2014); with J. Wolfinger and Marc Goulden of Do Babies Matter: Gender and Family in the Ivory Tower (Rutgers U. Press, 2013) and with her daughter, Eve Mason Ekman, of Mothers on the Fast Track: How a New Generation Can Balance Family and Careers (Oxford, 2007). From 2000 to 2007, Mary Ann Mason served as the first female dean of the Graduate Division at UC Berkeley, with responsibility for nearly 10,000 students in more than 100 graduate programs. During her tenure, she championed diversity in the graduate-student population, promoted equity for student parents, and pioneered measures to enhance the career-life balance for all faculty.