Claremont Graduate University (CGU) proposes to establish a Center for Global Mormon Studies to become the world’s leader in advancing scholarly and public understanding of Mormonism around the world.
CGU seeks to raise $20 million in endowed funds to support the Center for Global Mormon Studies, which will be located on its campus in Claremont, California.
Despite decades of high-quality academic research, no institution has created a systematic approach to studying and understanding Mormonism internationally, even though the majority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ 15 million members of record live outside of the United States. To address this significant vacuum in research and scholarship, the Center for Global Mormon Studies proposes to become the major sponsor of original historical, sociological, anthropological, and theological research on the international (non-US) manifestations of Mormonism, focusing primarily on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its members.
Building on CGU’s preeminent status in the field of Mormon Studies, the Center will seek to understand and give voice to Mormonism in its many international contexts, and to consider how Mormonism engages with issues of global significance, including religious freedom, democratization, secularization, gender equality, comparative religious belief and worship, and violence and peace-building.