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. 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.
“Mormonism and Politics,” Forum on Contemporary Mormonism, Religion and American Culture 23:1 (Winter 2013): 22-29.
“Mormon Blogs, Mormon Studies, and the Mormon Mind,” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 45:3 (Fall 2012): 12-25.
“‘The Wars and the Perplexities of the Nations’: Reflections on Early Mormonism, Violence, and the State,” Journal of Mormon History 38:3 (Summer 2012): 72-89.
“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.
“God and the People: Theodemocracy in Nineteenth-Century Mormonism,” Journal of Church and State 53:3 (Summer 2011): 349-375.
“Opposition to Polygamy in the Postbellum South,” Journal of Southern History 76:3 (August 2010): 541-578.
“What’s So Bad about Polygamy? Teaching American Religious History in the Muslim Middle East,” Journal of American History 96:4 (March 2010): 1112-1118.