Patricia Leavy, Ph.D. is a bestselling author (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 thirty-five published books include Handbook of Arts-Based Research, Research Design, Method Meets Art: Arts-Based Research Practice (first, second, and third editions), The Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research (first and second editions), Fiction as Research Practice, Essentials of Transdisciplinary Research and the best-selling novels Shooting Stars, Twinkle, Constellations, Film, Spark, Low-Fat Love, American Circumstance, and Blue. Over the course of her career she has served as series creator and editor for ten book series with Oxford University Press, Guilford Press, and Brill/Sense, including the ground-breaking Social Fictions series. She recently launched her own imprint, Paper Stars Press. She is a bona fide publishing maven. She has also published a wide array of academic journal articles, blogs, and op-eds. She is also the co-founder of Art/Research International: A Transdisciplinary Journal. In addition to receiving numerous awards for her books including National Indie Excellence, USA Best Book, Independent Press, and American Fiction Awards, 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. In 2018 SUNY-New Paltz established the "Patricia Leavy Award for Art and Social Justice."