PhD student Mason Westfall awarded JHI Graduate Fellowship

Published: May 1, 2018

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The Doctoral Fellows at the Jackman Humanities Institute have been announced for the 2018-19 academic year, and we are very proud to count one of our own among them. PhD student Mason Westfall is one of this year’s recipients of the Chancellor Henry N.R. Jackman Graduate Fellowship in the Humanities.

This year’s JHI Fellowships, for faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students alike, are focused on the theme of “Reading Faces – Reading Minds”, and comprise an interdisciplinary attempt to come to terms with what it means to read a face, a text, an object, or another mind. According to Kim Yates, Associate Director of the JHI, this year’s Doctoral Fellows were selected from a record-setting field of 26 qualified applicants.

“I’m very excited to work together with scholars bringing a diverse range of perspectives to a theme I’m quite passionate about,” says Mason. The JHI Fellowship “constitutes an invaluable opportunity to broaden my intellectual horizons while at the same time deepening my thesis work.”

Mason completed his BA at UC San Diego in philosophy and cognitive neuroscience before joining us at U of T in 2013. His work is in the areas of philosophy of mind and philosophy of science, with a particular focus on understanding and knowledge of mental states such as perceptions and feelings.

The department warmly congratulates Mason on this terrific achievement!

For more information, visit Mason Westfall’s personal website.