Pat earned his undergraduate degree from Queen's University. He focussed mostly on Middle Eastern and intellectual history as well as religious studies and political studies. This year, he is working with Dr. Ariel Salzmann and Dr. Colin Duncan with a focus on environmental history in the Middle East. His interests lie in the 20th and 21st centuries, especially regarding the development of the oil industry and the ongoing management of water resources.
Outside of academia, Pat is an avid musician, squash and hockey player. He also collects vinyl records and hot sauce.