Patrick Q. Mason (born 1976) is an American historian who is the Howard W. Hunter Chair in Mormon Studies at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California. Mason earned his Master of Arts in History and International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame in 2003. He received his Doctorate in History there in 2005. While a graduate student Mason took a summer seminary at Brigham Young University in Latter-day Saint history run by Richard L. Bushman.
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, The Salt Lake Tribune, Religion Dispatches Magazine, and KPCC public radio in Pasadena, California.
In January 2012, Mason published an opinion piece in The Washington Post regarding diversity within Latter Day Saints (LDS) thought. He was featured on New England Cable News(NECN) in May 2012 regarding the "Mormon movement" in Arkansas, and has been quoted in both the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times 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 and the Journal of Southern Religion. He has also authored a number of articles and book chapters on Mormonism and American religion history.
Mason's current research projects include a biography of LDS president Ezra Taft Benson and a book on a Mormon theology and ethic of peace.
In 2016, Mason, who has advocated a more embracing LDS church, began a joint blog in a current-issues/events debate format, at the non-partisan religion website Patheos.com, with the social activist John P. Dehlin, who has often been critical of the LDS church.Books
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.