Patrick Q. Mason
Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
Patrick Mason came to CGU as Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies and Associate Professor of Religion in 2011. He directs the Department of Religion's programs in North American Religion and Mormon Studies, and also currently serves as department chair. He is the author of The Mormon Menace: Violence and Anti-Mormonism in the Postbellum South (Oxford University Press, 2011), and co-editor, with David Pulsipher and Richard Bushman, of War and Peace in Our Time: Mormon Perspectives (Greg Kofford Books, 2012). He has also written a number of articles and book chapters on Mormonism, American religious history, and religion, conflict, and peacebuilding. He earned his graduate degrees from the University of Notre Dame in history and international peace studies. Prior to joining the CGU faculty Mason held positions at the University of Notre Dame and American University in Cairo. His current research projects include a biography of Ezra Taft Benson and a co-authored book developing a Mormon theology and ethic of peace.
Professor Mason has become a nationally recognized authority on Mormonism with regular appearances in media outlets including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, ABC News, National Public Radio, PBS, and the Huffington Post.
(Mar 2011) New Howard Hunter Associate Professor of Mormon Studies Appointed
- The Mormon Menace: Violence and Anti-Mormonism in the Postbellum South (2011).
- "God and the People: Theodemocracy in Nineteenth-Centruy Mormonism," Journal of Church and State (2011).
- "Opposition to Polygamy in the Postbellum South," Journal of Southern History (August 2010).
"Honor, the Unwritten Law, and Extralegal Violence; Contextualizing Parley Pratt's Murder," in Parley P. Pratt and the Making of Mormonism, ed. Gregory Armstrong, Matthew J. Grow, and Dennis Siler (Norman, OK: Arthur H. Clark, 2011), 245-273.
- "What's So Bad about Polygamy/ Teaching American Religious History in the Muslim Middle East," Journal of American History (March 2010).
- "Shrine of the Black Madonna," "Lynching," "Henry McNeal Turner," in The Encyclopedia of African American History, ed. Leslie Alexander and Walter Rucker (2010).