Active in the field of peace and conflict studies since the early 1980s, Patrick Coy was the editor of the peer-reviewed research series, Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change for 18 years, editing eleven 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 co-authored the well-received book, Contesting Patriotism: Culture, Power and Strategy in the Peace Movement. 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 Magnificat Award from Marian University in May 2014, the institution’s highest honor, awarded at their commencement to “Persons who have embodied creative responses to injustice and whose lives exemplify active compassion and service…Your untiring efforts related to peace and conflict studies epitomize the kind of dedication that we hope to instill in our students.”
In 2017, Professor Coy received a distinguished career award from the American Sociological Association. The Section on Peace, War and Social Conflict presented him with the Robin M. Williams, Jr. Award for Distinguished Contributions to Scholarship, Teaching and Service in the areas of peace, war, and social conflict.
Coy was awarded the College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award at Kent State University in 2000, and was a finalist for the university-wide Distinguished Teaching Award in 2014. He 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 and the University Teaching Council of Kent State University.
Patrick Coy was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Botswana in 2010-11 where he worked with the Research Centre on San (Bushmen) Studies, as well as the Department of Political and Administrative Affairs. He has served as the Vice President of the Board of Directors of the International Peace Research Association Foundation, and the Vice President of 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, periodicals and web sites, 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.
Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
Contesting Patriotism: Culture, Power and Strategy in the Peace Movement, Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2008 (with Lynne M. Woehrle and Gregory M. Maney)
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.
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
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