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Patrick Coby is Professor of Government at Smith College where he teaches courses in political philosophy, including: Introduction to Political Thinking, Ancient and Medieval Political Theory, Early Modern Political Theory, American Political Thought, and various departmental and interdepartmental seminars, most recently an innovative, historical role-playing seminar called “Reacting to the Past.” He studied at the University of Dallas and the University of North Carolina and has taught at Kenyon College and Idaho State University. He is the author of four books and of numerous scholarly articles and reviews. His books are: Socrates and the Sophistic Enlightenment: A Commentary on Plato’s Protagoras;Machiavelli’s Romans: Liberty and Greatness in the Discourses on Livy; Henry VIII and the Reformation Parliament, “Reacting to the Past Series”; and Thomas Cromwell: Machiavellian Statecraft and the English Reformation. He has just finished a fifth book titled America’s Founding: The Constitutional Convention of 1787, “Reacting to the Past Series,” as well as related articles on the Constitutional Convention and the New York State Ratifying Convention. He is the recipient of three teaching awards: the Smith College Faculty Teaching Award (1991), the Sherrerd Prize for Distinguished Teaching (2005), and the Board of Trustees Honored Professor of the Year Award (2012). He is married, has two children, and lives in Hatfield, MA.