Patrick Q. Mason

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Patrick Q. Mason
Leonard J. Arrington Chair of Mormon History and Culture
Utah State University
Assumed office
July 2019
Preceded byPhilip Barlow
Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies
Claremont Graduate University
In office
Preceded byRichard Bushman
Personal details
BornSandy, Utah
Alma materBrigham Young University (B.A)
University of Notre Dame (M.A., Ph.D)
Known forMormon Studies
For the theater director, see Patrick Mason

Patrick Q. Mason (born 1976) is an American historian who specializes in study of the Latter-day Saint movement. He is the Leonard J. Arrington Chair of Mormon History and Culture at Utah State University[1][2] and formerly was the Howard W. Hunter Chair in Mormon Studies at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California from 2011- 2018[3][4] [5]. Mason earned a Master of Arts in History and International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame in 2003. He then received a Doctorate in History there in 2005. As a graduate student, Mason took a summer seminary at Brigham Young University in Latter-day Saint history run by Richard L. Bushman.[6]

Mason has previously held positions at American University in Cairo and the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. He has been interviewed and cited as an expert on Mormonism by outlets such as the Los Angeles Times, NPR,[7] The Salt Lake Tribune,[8][9] Religion Dispatches Magazine,[10][11] and KPCC public radio in Pasadena, California.[12]

In January 2012, Mason published an opinion piece in The Washington Post regarding diversity within Latter Day Saints thought.[13] He was featured on New England Cable News in May 2012 regarding the "Mormon movement" in Arkansas,[14] and has been quoted in both the New York Times[15] and the Los Angeles Times[16] on Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Mason is also the author of The Mormon Menace: Violence and Anti-Mormonism in the Postbellum South which received positive reviews in the Journal of American History[17] and the Journal of Southern Religion.[18] He has also authored a number of articles and book chapters on Mormonism and American religion history.[19]

Mason's research projects as of 2006 included a biography of Ezra Taft Benson, a former president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), and a book on Mormon theology and ethic of peace.[19]

In 2016, Mason advocated for what he described as a more embracing LDS Church.[20] Mason participated in a short-lived joint blog in a current-issues/events debate format, at the non-partisan religion website, with the psychologist John P. Dehlin, who has often been critical of the LDS Church.[21]


  • The Mormon Menace: Violence and Anti-Mormonism in the Postbellum South Oxford University Press, 2011. ISBN 978-0199740024
  • Planted: Belief and Belonging in an Age of Doubt Deseret Book, Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, 2015 ISBN 978-1-62972-181-1
Articles and chapters
  • “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.
  • “Shrine of the Black Madonna,” “Lynching,” and “Henry McNeal Turner,” in The Encyclopedia of African American History, ed. Leslie Alexander and Walter Rucker (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC- CLIO, 2010): 257-258, 871-874, 1060-1062.
  • “Christian Zionism and Its Religious Influence in American Politics,” with Khadiga Omar, US-Arab Issues no. 1 (Spring 2009), Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud Center for American Studies and Research, American University in Cairo.
  • “The Prohibition of Interracial Marriage in Utah, 1888-1963,” Utah Historical Quarterly 76:2 (Spring 2008): 108-131.
  • “‘In Our Image, After Our Likeness’: The Meaning of a Black Deity in the African American Protest Tradition, 1880-1970,” in “We Will Independent Be”: African-American Place Making and the Struggle to Claim Space in the United States, ed. Angel David Nieves and Leslie M. Alexander (Boulder: University of Colorado Press, 2008), 463-487.
  • “Anti-Jewish Violence in the New South,” Southern Jewish History 8 (2005): 77-119.
  • “The Possibilities of Mormon Peacebuilding,” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 37:1 (Spring 2004): 12-45 – winner of Dialogue’s Best Article in Its Category Prize (2005).
  • “Traditions of Violence: Early Mormon and Anti-Mormon Conflict in Its American Setting,” in Richard L. Bushman, ed., Archive of Restoration Culture Summer Fellows’ Papers, 2000-2002 (Provo, UT: Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Latter-day Saint History, 2005), 163-185.


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  4. ^ Brutsch, Rachel (2012-02-15). "California graduate university takes academic approach to Mormonism". Deseret News. Retrieved 2012-03-23.
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  6. ^ R. Scott Lloyd "New generation of historians presenting a better view of Mormonism to the world, speaker says", Deseret News, June 6, 2015
  7. ^ Bradley Haggerty, Barbara (12 October 2011). "Despite Divide, Evangelicals Could Support A Mormon". Retrieved 24 March 2012.
  8. ^ Fletcher Stack, Peggy (23 September 2011). "Active, inactive – do Mormon labels work or wound?". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 2013-09-20.
  9. ^ Burke, Daniel (6 January 2012). "Romney's evangelical problem rooted in Mormon theology". Salt Lake Tribune. Archived from the original on 16 January 2012. Retrieved 24 March 2012.
  10. ^ Brooks, Joanna. "Why Do Southerners Call Mormonism a Cult?". Retrieved 24 March 2012.
  11. ^ Brooks, Joanna. "How (Not) to React to Anti-Mormon Sentiment in the South". Retrieved 24 March 2012.
  12. ^ Mantle, Larry. "Mormons baptize Daniel Pearl posthumously". Retrieved 24 March 2012.
  13. ^ Mason, Patrick (12 December 2012). "Mormons a 'distinctive' people". The Washington Post. Retrieved 24 March 2012.
  14. ^ "Mormons' numbers in Arkansas surge in past decade". 2012-05-06. Retrieved 2013-10-06.
  15. ^ Bruni, Frank (4 February 2012). "Mitt's Muffled Soul". The New York Times.
  16. ^ Landsberg, Mitchell (2 February 2012). "Romney's political success is a mixed blessing for Mormon Church". Los Angeles Times.
  17. ^ Payne, Rodger (December 2011). "The Mormon Menace: Violence and Anti-Mormonism in the Postbellum South. By Patrick Q. Mason" (PDF). The Journal of American History. 98 (3): 486–487. doi:10.1093/jahist/jar358. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 October 2013. Retrieved 24 March 2012.
  18. ^ Lindell, Jennifer (2011). "Patrick Q. Mason. The Mormon Menace: Violence and Anti-Mormonism in the Postbellum South". The Journal of Southern Religion. 13.[permanent dead link]
  19. ^ a b "Patrick Q. Mason". 2006-11-30. Retrieved 2013-10-06.
  20. ^ Walch, Tad (6 August 2016). "LDS scholar calls for a more embracing Mormonism that rejects fear".
  21. ^ Tribune, Peggy Fletcher Stack The Salt Lake. "LDS scholar, ex-Mormon team up on new blog to debate key topics facing the faith".

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