Patrick Q. Mason holds the Leonard J. Arrington Chair of Mormon History and Culture at Utah State University, where he is an associate professor of religious studies and history. He has written or edited several books, including Mormonism and Violence: The Battles of Zion (Cambridge University Press, 2019); What Is Mormonism? A Student's Introduction (Routledge, 2017); and Planted: Belief and Belonging in an Age of Doubt (Deseret Book and Maxwell Institute, 2015).
Mason earned his BA at Brigham Young University and PhD in History at the University of Notre Dame. 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 Latter-day Saint culture and history. He teaches courses on Mormonism, American religious history, the history of Christianity, and religion, violence, and peacebuilding.