Professor of Government
Office: Seelye Hall 407
M 3-5, W 3-4 & by appointment
Patrick Coby teaches courses in political philosophy and various departmental and interdepartmental seminars. He studied at the University of Dallas and the University of North Carolina and has taught at Kenyon College and Idaho State University.
Coby is the author of four books, including 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 also authored numerous scholarly articles and reviews.
Coby 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, Mass.