Independent Sociologist, Bestselling Author, Book Series Creator and Editor
Patricia Leavy, Ph.D. is a bestselling author and independent scholar (formerly Associate Professor of Sociology, Chair of Sociology & Criminology and Founding Director of Gender Studies at Stonehill College). She is an international leader in the fields of arts-based research and research methods. As an author, she has earned critical and commercial success in both nonfiction and fiction, and her work has been translated into numerous languages. Her more than twenty-five published books include Handbook of Arts-Based Research, Research Design, 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 Spark, Low-Fat Love (first and second editions), American Circumstance (first and second editions) and Blue. As series creator and editor for eight book series with Oxford University Press and Brill/Sense, 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 blogs for The Huffington Post, The Creativity Post, and We Are the Real Deal. She is also the co-founder and co-editor-in-chief for Art/Research International: A Transdisciplinary Journal. In addition to receiving numerous accolades for her books, she has received career awards from the New England Sociological Association, the American Creativity Association, the American Educational Research Association, The National Art Education Association, and the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry.