Portrait of Patrick Mason
  • Email
    patrick.mason@cgu.edu
  • Degrees
    PhD, History, University of Notre Dame
  • Research Interests
    Religion, Mormonism, Peace studies, American religious history
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Patrick Mason became the Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies at Claremont Graduate University in 2011 and was appointed the Dean of the School of Arts & Humanities in 2016. He teaches in the Religion Department’s programs in North American Religions and Mormon Studies. His research and teaching specializations include Mormon history and studies, American religious history, peace studies, and global fundamentalism.

Mason earned his BA in History from Brigham Young University, and his MA in International Peace Studies and PhD in History from the University of Notre Dame. Prior to joining the CGU faculty, Mason held positions at the University of Notre Dame and American University in Cairo. Mason is 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 Huffington Post.

He is the author of The Mormon Menace: Violence and Anti-Mormonism in the Postbellum South (Oxford University Press, 2011) and What Is Mormonism? A Student’s Introduction (Routledge, 2017). He is editor or co-editor of War and Peace in Our Time: Mormon Perspectives (Greg Kofford Books, 2012); Directions for Mormon Studies in the 21st Century (University of Utah Press, 2016); and Out of Obscurity: Mormonism Since 1945 (Oxford University Press, 2016). He has also published a number of articles and book chapters on Mormonism, American religious history, and religion, conflict, and peacebuilding. He is currently completing two book projects entitled The Battles of Zion: Mormonism and Violence, and Weapons of Peace: A Mormon Theology of Nonviolence.

What Is Mormonism? A Student’s Introduction. New York: Routledge, 2017.

Ed., Directions for Mormon Studies in the 21st Century. Salt Lake City, UT: University of Utah Press, 2016.

Co-edited with John Turner. Out of Obscurity: Mormonism since 1945. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.

“Violent and Nonviolent Religious Militancy.” In Oxford Handbook on Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding, edited by Atalia Omer, et al., 212–35. New York: Oxford University Press, 2015.

Co-edited with J. David Pulsipher and Richard L. Bushman. War and Peace in Our Time: Mormon Perspectives. Salt Lake City, UT: Greg Kofford Books, 2012.

The Mormon Menace: Violence and Anti-Mormonism in the Postbellum South. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.

Religion in America to 1865
Religion in America, 1865–present
Approaches to Mormonism
Gendering Mormonism
The Mormon Theological Tradition
Religion, Violence & Peace