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Patricia Leavy

Patricia Leavy

Patricia Leavy, PhD is an independent scholar, novelist and public speaker (formerly Associate Professor of Sociology, Founding Director of Gender Studies and Chairperson of Sociology & Criminology at Stonehill College).


She is the author/editor/co-editor of 18 nonfiction books including: Handbook of Arts-Based Research (2018), Research Design: Quantitative, Qualitative, Mixed Methods, Arts-Based, and Community0Based Participatory Research Approaches (2017),  Privilege Through the Looking-Glass (2017), The Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research (2014), Gender & Pop Culture: A Text-Reader (2014), Fiction as Research Practice (2013), Essentials of Transdisciplinary Research: Using Problem-Centered Methodologies (2011), and the best-seller Method Meets Art: Art- Based Research Practice (2009; 2015). She is regularly quoted by the national media for her expertise on art, popular culture, and gender, has appeared on a number of national news programs and radio, and is a regular blogger for the Huffington Post, The Creativity Post, and We Are the Real Deal.


Dr. Leavy is the Series Editor for 5 Sense Publishers' series including the Social Fictions series, and has authored three best-selling novels in that series to date Blue (2016), American Circumstance (2013, 2016) and Low-Fat Love (2011, 2915).


Dr. Leavy is the winner of the 2018 Distinguished Service Outside The Profession Award given by the National Art Education Association


The American Creativity Association has awared her the prestigious 2014 Special Achievement Award for her work with advancing arts-based research and particularly for the Social Fictions series.


Patrica has also received the 2015 Special Career Achievement Award from the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry for her work in art-based research and the Series that she manages and edits for Sense Publishers.


She was named the “New England Sociologist of the Year 2010” by the New England Sociological Association and has been nominated for a Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry.

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