Lucy Cavendish College
Patrick is undertaking an MPhil in Modern European History, supervised by Dr Mark B. Smith. He is a Lord Frederick Cavendish Scholar at Lucy Cavendish College.
His dissertation investigates the role of Orientalism in shaping Russian-socialist theories of 'non-Western' historical development. He is particularly interested in how Western-European perceptions of Russia influenced the construction of the latter's anti-liberal identity. As such, his research concerns the themes of East-West dialectics, the invented boundaries of 'Western Civilisation' and its antitheses, the temporality of 'modernity', and the tension between universalism vis-à-vis relativism in philosophies of historical progression.
Originally from New York, Patrick graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Duke University with a BA in History (Highest Distinction). At Duke, he was a Faculty Scholar, the Editor-in-Chief of The Duke Historical Review, a Research Associate, and the recipient of the Laprade Prize for writing the 'most outstanding thesis' in the History Department.
Outside of academia, Patrick has worked for the United States Congress, Legal Aid of North Carolina, and has been teaching English to Ukrainian students for over 2 years.