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Mary Ann Mason

Professor Emerita

Mary Ann Mason is professor emerita at the School of Social Welfare and professor and co-director of Berkeley Law's Center, Economics and Family Security. She has published extensively and is considered a national expert on policies relating to families and children, especially regarding custody and women's issues. 

Her books include The Equality Trap (1988), From Father’s Property to Children's Rights: A History of Child Custody in America (1994),The Custody Wars: Why Children Are Losing the Legal Battles and What We Can Do About It (1999). She is the co-author of Do Babies Matter: Gender and Family in the Ivory Tower (2013) and Mothers on the Fast Track: How a New Generation Can Balance Family and Careers (2007). She has also co-edited All Our Families: New Policies for A New Century (2000, 2003) and An American Childhood (2000). 

From 2000 to 2007, Dr. Mason served as the first woman dean of the UC Berkeley Graduate Division, championing diversity, equity for student parents and measures to enhance the career-life balance for campus faculty. 

 

Expanded Publications

Do Babies Matter: Gender and Family in the Ivory Tower (2013)

Mothers on the Fast Track: How a New Generation Can Balance Family and Careers (2007)

 

All Our Families: New Policies for A New Century (2000, 2003)

 

An American Childhood (2000)

 

The Custody Wars: Why Children Are Losing the Legal Battles and What We Can Do About It (1999)

 

From Father’s Property to Children's Rights: A History of Child Custody in America (1994)

 

The Equality Trap (1988)