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Patrick G. Coy

Director and Professor

Active in the field of peace and conflict studies since the early 1980s, Patrick Coy has been the editor of the annual research volume, Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change, editing eight volumes of the series since 2000. He has also edited two other books (Social Conflicts and Collective Identities and A Revolution of the Heart: Essays on the Catholic Worker).

Dr. Coy has most recently co-authored Contesting Patriotism: Culture, Power and Strategy in the Peace Movement, published in 2009. Notably, his co-authored article, "Discursive Legacies: The US Peace Movement and Support the Troops," published in Social Problems, received the "Best Published Article Award for 2008" by the American Sociological Association's section on Peace, War and Social Conflict.

Patrick Coy received the College of Arts and Sciences "Distinguished Teaching Award" at Kent State University and was formerly the national chairperson of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, a research fellow of the Albert Einstein Institution, and the executive director of the Lentz Peace Research Laboratory.

Dr. Coy's research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, the Albert Einstein Institution, the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, the American Sociological Association, and by the University Research Council of Kent State University. 

Patrick Coy was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Botswana in 2010-11 where he was affiliated with the Research Centre on San Studies as well as the Department of Political and Administrative Affairs. He also currently serves on the Board of Directors of the International Peace Research Association Foundation, and the Board of Directors of the Cleveland Mediation Center.

Many of Professor Coy's recent scholarly publications can be accessed below. He is also a frequent contributor to newspapers and periodicals, publishing op-eds, commentaries and articles in such outlets as the Atlanta Journal Constitution, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Baltimore Sun, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Akron Beacon Journal, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Progressive, Fellowship, Sojourners, Commonweal, Common Dreams, and many other outlets.

Professor Coy provides workshops and trainings in various aspects of conflict resolution, mediation, and nonviolent action to community, educational, and international groups.

EDUCATION

Ph.D., Social Science, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, 1997

M.A., Political Science, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, 1994

M.A., Theology, Marquette University, 1982

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

PUBLICATIONS

Authored Books:

Contesting Patriotism: Culture, Power and Strategy in the Peace Movement, Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2008 (with Lynne M. Woehrle and Gregory M. Maney)   

Excerpts from reviews of the book:  http://www.kent.edu/cacm/upload/excerpts-from-reviews-contesting-patriotism.pdf

Edited Books

Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change (editor), Volume 36, Emerald Group Publishing, 2013

Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change (editor), Volume 31, Emerald Group Publishing, 2011

Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change (editor), Volume 30, Emerald Group Publishing, 2010.

Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change (editor), Volume 28, Emerald Group Publishing, 2008.

Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change (editor), Volume 27,  Elsevier Science/JAI Press, 2007.

Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change (editor), Volume 26, Elsevier Science/JAI Press, 2005.

Consensus Decision Making, Northern Ireland, and Indigenous Movements (editor), Volume 24, Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change, Elsevier Science/JAI Press, 2003.

Political Opportunities, Social Movements and Democratization (editor), Volume 23, Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change, Elsevier Science/JAI, 2001.

Social Conflicts and Collective Identities (co-editor, with Lynne Woehrle), Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2000.

Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change (editor), Volume 22, JAI Press, 2000.

Journal Articles

"Whither Nonviolent Studies?" Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice, Vol. 25, No.:2, 257-265, 2013.

The Privilege Problematic in International Nonviolent Accompaniment’s Early Decades: Peace Brigades International Confronts the Use of Racism,” The Journal of Religion, Conflict and Peace. 2012.

Nonpartisanship, Interventionism and Legality in Accompaniment: Comparative Analyses of Peace Brigades International, Christian Peacemaker Teams, and the International Solidarity Movement,” The International Journal of Human Rights. 2012.

"Mainstreaming Peace and Conflict Studies: Designing Introductory Courses to Fit Liberal Arts Education Requirements," Journal of Peace Education, Vol. 7, No. 2, 2010 (with Landon E. Hancock).

"Pursuing Political Persuasion: War and Peace Frames in the US after September 11th," Social Movement Studies," Vol. 8, No. 4, 2009 (with Gregory M. Maney and Lynne M. Woehrle).

Ideological Consistency and Contextual Adaptation: U.S. Peace Movement Emotional Work Before and After 9/11, American Behavioral Scientist, Vol. 52, Issue 4, 2009 (with Gregory M. Maney and Lynne M. Woehrle).

A Typology of Oppositional Knowledge: Democracy and the U.S. Peace Movement, Sociological Research Online, Vol. 13, Issue 4, July, 2008 (with Lynne M. Woehrle and Gregory M. Maney).

"Discursive Legacies: The U.S. Peace Movement and 'Support the Troops,'" Social Problems, Vol. 55, Issue 2, 2008 (with Lynne M. Woehrle and Gregory M. Maney).

"Harnessing and Challenging Hegemony: The U.S. Peace Movement after 9/11," Sociological Perspectives, Vol. 48, No. 3, 2005 (with Gregory M. Maney and Lynne M. Woehrle).

"A Stage Model of Social Movement Cooptation: Community Mediation in the United States," The Sociological Quarterly, Vol. 46, No. 4, 2005 (with Timothy Hedeen).

"Contesting Patriotism by the Post-9/11 Peace Movement in the United States," Peace Review: A Transnational Quarterly, Vol. 15, No. 4, 2003 (with Gregory M. Maney and Lynne M. Woehrle).

"Shared Risks and Research Dilemmas on a Peace Brigades International Team in Sri Lanka," Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Vol. 30, No. 5, October 2001.

"An Experiment in Personalist Politics: The Catholic Worker Movement and Nonviolent Action," Peace and Change: A Journal of Peace Research, Vol. 26, No. 1, January 2001. 

"Community Mediation and the Court System: The Ties that Bind," Mediation Quarterly, Vol. 17, No. 4, Summer 2000 (with Timothy Hedeen).

"Disabilities and Mediation Readiness in Court-Referred Cases: Developing Screening Criteria and Service Networks," Mediation Quarterly, Vol. 16, No. 2, Winter 1998/1999 (with Timothy Hedeen). 

"Nonviolent Intervention and the Peace Team Idea," Peace and Change, Vol. 22, No. 2, 1997 (review essay).

"Constructing Identity and Oppositional Knowledge: The Framing Practices of Peace Movement Organizations During the Persian Gulf War," Sociological Spectrum, Vol. 16, No. 3, 1996 (with Lynne Woehrle). 

Book Chapters

“Civil Rights, Social Movements, and Domestic Policy: The 1960 Nashville Student Sit-In Movement,” in Understanding Nonviolence: Contours and Contexts, Maia Hallward and Julie Michele Norman, editors, Polity Press, 2014 forthcoming (with Amanda D. Clark).

“Conflict Resolution, Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding,” in Peace, Justice and Security Studies, Timothy McAlwee, B. Welling Hall, Joseph Liechty, and Julie Garber, editors, Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2009, p. 63-78.

"Blessing War and Blessing Peace: Religious Discourses in the U.S. During Major Conflict Periods, 1990-2005," Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change, Vol. 29, 2008 (with Gregory M. Maney and Lynne M. Woehrle).

"Religious (Ill)Literacy and (Un)Civil Liberties in the United States: Past and Present," in Democracy and Religion, David Odell-Scott, ed., Kent State University Press, 2004, p. 105-114.

"Negotiating Identity and Danger Under the Gun: Consensus Decision Making on Peace Brigades International Teams," in Consensus Decision-Making, Northern Ireland, and Indigenous Movements, Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change, Vol. 24, Patrick G. Coy, editor, Elsevier Science/JAI Press, 2003, p. 85-122.

"Collective Identity and the Development of Conflict Analysis" (with Lynne Woehrle), in Social Conflicts and Collective Identities, co-editor (with Lynne Woehrle), Rowman and Littlefield, 2000.

"Cooperative Accompaniment and Peace Brigades International in Sri Lanka," in Transnational Social Movements and Global Politics: Solidarity Beyond the State, Jackie Smith, Charles Chatfield, and Ron Pagnucco, eds., Syracuse University Press, 1997.

"Conscription and the Catholic Conscience in World War II," in American Catholic Pacifism, Anne Klejment and Nancy Roberts, eds., Praeger, 1996.

Protective Accompaniment: How Peace Brigades International Secures Political Space and Human Rights Nonviolently, in Nonviolence: Social and Psychological Issues, V.K. Kool, ed., University Press of America, 1993.

Non-Peer Reviewed Magazine Article

Going Where We Otherwise Would Not Have Gone: Accompaniment and Election Monitoring in Sri Lanka. Fellowship, Sept./Oct., 1995.

Magazine Editing

Guest editor of a special volume of Fellowship magazine on nonviolent action, Vol. 66, Nos. 7-8, July/August 2000.

Guest editor of a special volume of Fellowship magazine on Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker movement, Vol. 63, Nos. 11-12, Nov./Dec., 1997.

Research Areas
  • social movements; the U.S. peace movement
  • nonviolent action; community mediation
  • human rights promotion and protection; international nonviolent accompaniment
  • Peace Brigades International; teaching and learning in peace and conflict studies
Patrick G. Coy
OFFICE
Center for Applied Conflict Management
Department of Political Science
321 Bowman Hall
OFFICE HOURS
TR 2:00-3:30 pm & 5:00-6:00 pm,
& by appt.
CONTACT INFO
Phone: 330-672-2875
Fax: 330-672-3362
pcoy@kent.edu