Dr. Patrick Cain

Associate Professor
Ryan Building 2035

  Teaching and Research 

Dr. Patrick Cain studies political philosophy, politics and literature, and constitutional law.  He has published on privacy and the law, the family and the law, and on the political thought of Homer, Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, William Shakespeare, and Joseph Ratzinger.


Ph.D.   Political Science, Baylor University 

M.A.    Political Science, Brock University 

H.B.A. Political Science, Lakehead University 

  Courses Taught

Dr. Cain's courses in Political Theory and Constitutional Law include:

  • Ancient and Medieval Political Thought
  • Modern Political Thought
  • Contemporary Political Thought
  • Canadian Political Thought
  • Political Thought and Contemporary Issues
  • Democracy and Tyranny
  • Democracy and the History of Political Thought
  • Criminal Law
  • Human Rights and Civil Liberties
  • Constitutional Law:  Equality and the Law
  • Constitutional Law:  Freedom and the Law
  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • U.S. Government and Society

  Selected Publications

Democracy and the History of Political Thought (Lexington, 2021).  Co-edited with Stephen Block and Stephen Sims. https://www.amazon.ca/Democracy-History-Political-Thought-David/dp/17936...

“The Good, Truth, and Friendship in Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics” in Politics, Literature and Film in Conversation, edited by M. Dinan, D. Schaeffer, et. al. (Lexington, 2021), 13-33.  Co-authored with Stephen A. Block.

"The Best Regime in St. Thomas Aquinas's De Regno," in Classical Rationalism and the Politics of Europe, edited by Ann Ward (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017).


Dr. Cain served as Chair of Political Science from 2015-2022.  He regularly serves on a number of university and departmental committees, and as a reviewer for several academic journals.