Patrick Q. Mason

Professor of Religious Studies and History, Leonard J. Arrington Chair of Mormon History and Culture, Director - Religious Studies Program

Patrick Q. Mason

Contact Information

Office Location: Main 321U
Phone: 435-797-0572
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Educational Background

PhD, History, University of Notre Dame, 2005

MA, History, University of Notre Dame, 2003

MA, International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame, 2003

BA, History, Brigham Young University, 1999


Patrick Q. Mason holds the Leonard J. Arrington Chair of Mormon History and Culture at USU. He has written or edited several books, including Proclaim Peace: The Restoration’s Answer to an Age of Conflict (Maxwell Institute and Deseret Book, 2021); Mormonism and Violence: The Battles of Zion (Cambridge University Press, 2019); 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 for Mormon Studies in the Twenty-First Century (University of Utah Press, 2016); and The Mormon Menace: Violence and Anti-Mormonism in the Postbellum South (Oxford University Press, 2011). He was a Fulbright Scholar in Romania in 2015 and is a past president of the Mormon History Association. Professor Mason is frequently consulted by the national and international media on stories related to Mormon culture and history. He teaches courses on Mormonism, American religious history, and religion, violence, and peacebuilding.