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John Patrick Coby

Esther Booth Wiley 1934 Professor Emeritus of Government

Pat Coby


Seelye Hall 407


Patrick Coby teaches courses in political theory and American political thought. He studied at the University of Dallas and the University of North Carolina and taught previously at Kenyon College and Idaho State University. He has authored five books and numerous articles and reviews. He is the recipient of the Smith College Faculty Teaching Award, the Sherrerd Prize for Distinguished Teaching and the Board of Trustees Honored Professor Award.

Selected Publications

The Constitutional Convention of 1787: Constructing the American Republic

Thomas Cromwell: Machiavellian Statecraft and the English Revolution

Henry VIII and the Reformation Parliament

Machiavelli's Romans: Liberty and Greatness in the Discourses on Livy

Socrates and the Sophistic Enlightenment: A Commentary on Plato's Protagoras

Office Hours

Fall 2021
On Sabbatical



Ph.D., M.A., B.A., University of Dallas

Selected Works in Smith ScholarWorks