Patrick Mason became Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies at Claremont Graduate University in 2011.
Professor Mason is an American religious historian and scholar of Mormon Studies who earned his PhD in US history from the University of Notre Dame. He also earned an MA in international peace studies at Notre Dame, with an emphasis in religion, violence, and peace-building. Prior to that he graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA in history.
While leading the Mormon Studies program at CGU, Professor Mason also serves as Dean of the School of Arts & Humanities. Prior to joining the faculty at CGU, Mason taught US history, politics, and religion at the American University in Cairo before returning to Notre Dame to help launch an interdisciplinary research project on modern Catholicism, Islam, and secularism called “Contending Modernities.”
In addition to numerous articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries, Mason is the author or editor of several books, including: What Is Mormonism? A Student’s Introduction (Routledge, 2017); Out of Obscurity: Mormonism since 1945, co-edited with John Turner (Oxford University Press, 2016); Directions in Mormon Studies in the 21st Century(University of Utah Press, 2016); Planted: Belief and Belonging in an Age of Doubt (Deseret Book/Maxwell Institute, 2015); War and Peace in Our Time: Mormon Perspectives, co-edited with David Pulsipher and Richard Bushman (Greg Kofford Books, 2012); and The Mormon Menace: Violence and Anti-Mormonism in the Postbellum South (Oxford University Press, 2011). He recently completed a book manuscript for Cambridge University Press entitled The Battles of Zion: Mormonism and Violence, and is working to complete a co-authored book with David Pulsipher on a Mormon theology and ethic of nonviolence.
An expert on Mormonism and the historical role of religion in American public life, Professor Mason has often been featured in the national media, including appearances in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, National Public Radio, PBS, NBC News, and CNN. He is president of the Mormon History Association for 2017-18, and serves on the advisory board for the Mormon Studies Review.