Armand Mauss

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Armand Mauss
Born (1928-06-05) 5 June 1928 (age 90)
Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.
Citizenship American
Alma mater Sophia University
Spouse(s) Ruth E. Hathaway
Children 8
Scientific career
Fields Sociology
Institutions Washington State University

Armand Lind Mauss (born 5 June 1928) is an American sociologist specializing in the sociology of religion. He is professor emeritus of Sociology and Religious Studies at Washington State University, and was the most often published sociologist of works on the Mormons during his long career. At a special conference on his work at Claremont Graduate University during 2013, he was honored as "one of the most prominent Mormon intellectuals of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries" (xi); and the conference papers were subsequently published, in the format of a Festschrift, by the University of Utah Press.[1]

Academic work[edit]

After several years of community college teaching in California, Mauss joined the faculty at Utah State University for two years; and then, starting in 1969, he served on  the sociology faculty at Washington State University for three decades, formally retiring there in 1999.[2] During his career, he taught and published in several different fields of sociology and social problems, but his work in the sociology of religion was ultimately the most visible. He has enjoyed invitations as a visiting professor to several universities in California, Canada, and the United Kingdom. During 2004-2010, he was a visiting scholar in the School of Religion at the Claremont Graduate University in California, where he taught courses on the history and sociology of the Mormons.[3] While at Claremont, he also helped to develop the Mormon Studies Council[4] and the Howard W. Hunter Chair in Mormon Studies,[5] first occupied by Richard L. Bushman.[6]

Author or editor of several books and scores of academic articles, Mauss also served as editor of the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion from 1989 to 1992. He has received three different awards from the Mormon History Association for his books and other works,[7] and two from the Dialogue Foundation for his articles in Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, the major independent scholarly journal in Mormon Studies.[8] Mauss had a formative influence on the rise and survival of Dialogue, serving 20 years on its editorial or advisory boards; then ten years as either chairman or member of the Dialogue Foundation's Board of Directors; and also as president of the Mormon History Association from 1997-1998[9].


Mauss was born on 5 June 1928, in Salt Lake City, Utah and grew up in California, graduating from Oakland High School in 1946. A lifelong Mormon, he served a full-time, two-year mission as a youth for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in New England, and throughout his life in many other lay ecclesiastical roles. In 1949, he accompanied his family to Japan where his father was sent to preside over the work of the Church in east Asia. In 1954 Mauss graduated from Sophia University of Tokyo, a distinguished Jesuit institution, with a B.A. in History and Asian Studies. While in Japan, he was also inducted into the U.S. Air Force, serving four years in military intelligence. During that period he married Ruth E. Hathaway. They eventually became parents of six sons and two daughters[10]. After returning to California, Mauss earned his M.A. degree in 1957 (history, with an emphasis on Asia) and in 1970 his Ph.D. in sociology (with a dissertation titled Mormonism and Minorities)[11], both at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Representative essays and articles
  • Mauss, Armand L. (1966). "Mormonism and Secular Attitudes toward Negroes". Pacific Sociological Review. 9 (2): 91–99. 
  • Mauss, Armand L. (1968). "Mormon Semitism and Anti-Semitism". Sociological Analysis. 29 (1): 11–27. 
  • Mauss, Armand L. (1971). "On Being Strangled by the Stars and Stripes: The New Left, the Old Left, and the Natural History of American Radical Movements". Journal of Social Issues. 27 (1): 183–202. 
  • Mauss, Armand L.; Bibby, Reginald (1974). "Skidders and their Servants: Variable Goals and Functions of the Skidroad "Rescue Mission"". Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. 13 (4): 421–36. 
  • Mauss, Armand L.; Perrin, Robin (1993). "Strictly Speaking . . . : Kelley's Quandary and the Vineyard Christian Fellowship". Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. 32 (2): 125–135. 
  • Mauss, Armand L. (1998). Bromley, David, ed. "Apostasy and the Management of Spoiled Identity". The Politics of Apostasy: The Role of Apostates in the Transformation of Religious Movements: 51–73. 
  • Mauss, Armand L. (2001). "Mormonism's Worldwide Aspirations and Its Changing Conceptions of Race and Lineage". Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought. 34 (3-4): 103–133. 
  • Mauss, Armand L. (2007). "The Emergence of Mormon Studies in the Social Sciences". In Blasi, Anthony J. American Sociology of Religion: Histories. Boston: Brill Academic Publishers. pp. 121–150. ISBN 9-004-16115-5. Retrieved 12 September 2017. 
  • "Can There be a 'Second Harvest'? : Controlling the Costs of Latter-day Saint Membership in Europe". International Journal of Mormon Studies. 1: 1–59. Spring 2008. Retrieved 12 September 2017. 
  • Mauss, Armand L. (2015). Givens, Terryl L.; Barlow, Philip, eds. "Authority and Dissent among the Latter-day Saints". The Oxford Handbook of Mormonism. New York and Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. 


  1. ^ Mason, Patrick Q., Editor: Directions for Mormon Studies in the Twenty-First Century. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Pres, 2016.
  2. ^ "Mauss, Armand L., Shifting Borders and a Tattered Passport: Intellectual Journeys of a Mormon Academic. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press". 2012. Retrieved August 11, 2018. 
  3. ^ "The Flame (Alumni magazine, Claremont Graduate University), Summer, 2011, page 7". 
  4. ^ "The Flame (CGU Alumni magazine), Spring, 2012, pages 4 & 5". 
  5. ^ "Howard W. Hunter Foundation – Claremont Mormon Studies". Retrieved 12 September 2017. 
  6. ^ "The Flame, Spring, 2008, p. 13". 
  7. ^ "MHA Past Award Recipients". 
  8. ^ "Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Spring, 1973, page 115; Spring, 1997, page 6". 
  9. ^ "View source for Mormon History Association", Wikipedia, retrieved 2018-08-11 
  10. ^ Per Armand Mauss' personal history.
  11. ^ "Mormonism and Minorities". WorldCat. 1970. Retrieved 12 September 2017. 

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