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Article Co-Authored by Kent State's Patrick Coy Receives Outstanding Published Article of 2008 Award

Posted Oct, 8, 2009

Patrick G. Coy, director of Kent State University's Center for Applied Conflict Management, recently received an award from the American Sociological Association. His co-authored article, "Discursive Legacies: The U.S. Peace Movement and 'Supporting the Troops,'" was named Outstanding Published Article of 2008 by the association's section on Peace, War and Social Conflict.

Coy, along with his co-authors and colleagues, Lynne M. Woehrle of Mount Mary College and Gregory M. Maney of Hofstra University, accepted the award in San Francisco last month at the association's annual meeting. The award-winning article takes both a long-term and a comparative view of the U.S. peace movement's messages during the Vietnam, Gulf and Iraq wars. Their empirical research shows that discussions of U.S. wars are increasingly dominated by positive references in support of the troops, even while the peace movement also insisted others, like civilian casualties, deserve the U.S. public's support. Their research also found that during the Iraq War the peace movement argued that the government betrayed the troops through poor policy choices.

Coy has written or edited nine books and many journal articles. His areas of expertise include conflict resolution, social movements, transitional justice, human rights, and religion and conflict. The Center for Applied Conflict Management was established in 1971 as a "living memorial" and as Kent State's first institutional response to the shootings on May 4, 1970, when Ohio National Guardsmen killed four and injured nine Kent State students during a student protest against the United States' war in Vietnam and Southeast Asia. Coy directs the center's degree program, the largest in the country, having enrolled more than 1,200 students in its classes last year.

He resides outside of Peninsula, Ohio, with his wife Karin Tanquist, a hospice nurse.

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