Patricia Leavy, Ph.D. is an independent scholar (formerly Associate Professor of Sociology, Chair of Sociology & Criminology and Founding Director of Gender Studies at Stonehill College). She is widely considered an international leader in the fields of arts-based research and qualitative inquiry. As an author, she has earned critical and commercial success in both nonfiction and fiction. Her twenty published books include Method Meets Art: Arts-Based Research Practice (first and second editions), The Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research, Fiction as Research Practice, Essentials of Transdisciplinary Research and the best-selling novels Low-Fat Love (first and second editions), American Circumstance (first and second editions) and Blue. As series creator and editor for seven book series with Oxford University Press and Sense Publishers, including the ground-breaking Social Fictions series, she is a bona fide publishing maven. She has also published a wide array of academic journal articles. Known for her commitment to public scholarship, she is frequently called on by the US national news media and has regular blogs for The Huffington Post, The Creativity Post and We Are the Real Deal. Her work has been translated into multiple languages. For her work advancing arts-based research she has received numerous awards including the New England Sociological Association 2010 New England Sociologist of the Year Award, the American Creativity Association 2014 Special Achievement Award, the American Educational Research Association Qualitative SIG 2015 Egon Guba Memorial Keynote Lecture Award, and the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry 2015 Special Career Award (she is the youngest recipient).