Mark Juergensmeyer (born 1940 in Carlinville, Illinois) is an American scholar in religious studies and sociology and a writer best known for his studies of religious violence and global religion. He is a professor at University of California Santa Barbara since 
In 2003 he published Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence, a book about religious terrorism. At that time he was already an expert on religious violence, conflict resolution and South Asian religion and politics and had published around 200 articles and a dozen books. He was a frequent commentator on news programs after 9/11.
Juergensmeyer taught at University of California, Berkeley for fifteen years in a joint position as coordinator of religious studies for UC Berkeley and director of the Office of Programs in Comparative Religion at the Graduate Theological Union (1974–89); at the University of Hawaii he was founding dean of the School of Hawaiian, Asian, and Pacific Studies (1989–93); and later he taught at the University of California, Santa Barbara (1993–present), where he was founding director of the global and international studies program and the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies. Juergensmeyer is the 2003 recipient of the University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for contributions to the study of religion, and was elected president of the American Academy of Religion for 2008-09.