Patricia Leavy

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Patricia Leavy
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EducationPhD in Sociology
Alma materBoston College
Known forArts-based research
Awards
  • American Educational Research Association Division D Measurement and Research Methodology Significant Contributions Award
  • USA Best Book Award (2018)

Patricia Leavy (born June 13, 1975) is an American sociologist, novelist, public intellectual, and arts advocate. She has published more than thirty fiction and non-fiction books. Leavy promotes an arts-based research paradigm which combines the arts and sciences. She is the co-founder and co-editor-in-chief of Art/Research International: A Transdisciplinary Journal.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

Early life and education[change | change source]

Leavy earned a Ph.D. in sociology from Boston College.[7]

Career[change | change source]

She was an associate professor of sociology, founding director of gender studies, and chairperson of sociology and criminology at Stonehill College from 2002 to 2012. She has also taught at Boston College, Northeastern University, and Curry College.[7][8] Leavy left academia in 2012 to be an independent scholar, public intellectual, and novelist. She developed ‘social fiction’ which has influenced the careers of many scholars around the world.[9][10][11]

Author and novelist[change | change source]

Leavy has written more than thirty books, including both fiction and non-fiction books. She is the creator and editor for numerous book series, including Personal/Public Scholarship (Brill/Sense), Teaching Writing (Brill/Sense), Teaching Race & Ethnicity (Brill/Sense), Teaching Gender (Brill/Sense), Social Fictions (Brill/Sense), and Understanding Qualitative Research (Oxford University Press).[7][6][12]

List of Selected Works [13][14][15]
Year Published Title Publisher Genre
2011 Low-Fat Love Sense Publishers Fiction
2013 American Circumstance Sense Publishers Fiction
2015 Low-Fat Love, Expanded Anniversary Edition Sense Publishers Fiction
2016 Blue Sense Publishers Fiction
2016 American Circumstance: Anniversary Edition Sense Publishers Fiction
2016 Low-Fat Love Stories Sense Publishers Fiction
2019 Spark Guilford Press Fiction
2020 Film Brill/Sense Fiction
2020 Candy Floss Collection Brill/Sense Fiction
2020 Shooting Stars Brill/Sense Fiction
2020 Twinkle Brill/Sense Fiction
2003 Approaches to Qualitative Research: A Reader on Theory and Practice Oxford University Press Non-fiction
2005 The Practice of Qualitative Research SAGE Publications, Inc Non-fiction
2006 Feminist Research Practice: A Primer SAGE Publications, Inc Non-fiction
2006 Emergent Methods in Social Research SAGE Publications, Inc Non-fiction
2007 Iconic Events: Media, Politics, and Power in Retelling History Lexington Books Non-fiction
2008 Handbook of Emergent Methods Guilford Press Non-fiction
2009 Method Meets Art: Arts Based Research Practice Guilford Press Non-fiction
2009 Hybrid Identities: Theoretical and Empirical Examinations Brill Publishers Non-fiction
2010 The Practice of Qualitative Research (Second Edition) SAGE Publications, Inc. Non-fiction
2011 Essentials of Transdisciplinary Research: Using Problem Centered Methodologies Routledge Non-fiction
2014 The Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research Oxford University Press Non-fiction
2014 Gender and Pop Culture: A Text Reader Sense Publishers Non-fiction
2015 Method Meets Art: Arts Based Research Practice (Second Edition) Guilford Press Non-fiction
2017 Research Design: Quantitative, Qualitative, Mixed Methods, Arts-Based, and Community-Based Participatory Research Approaches Guilford Press Non-fiction
2018 Contemporary Feminist Research: From Theory to Practice Guilford Press Non-fiction
2019 Handbook of Arts-Based Research Guilford Press Non-fiction
2019 The Oxford Handbook of Methods for Public Scholarship Oxford University Press Non-fiction
2020 The Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research (Second Edition) Oxford University Press Non-fiction
2020 Method Meets Art: Arts-based Research Practice (Third Edition) Guilford Press Non-fiction

Public speaking[change | change source]

She was a keynote speaker at the Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Conference in Barcelona, Spain, in 2012.[1][18]The next year, she was invited as a keynote speaker by the New Directions in the Humanities conference and the Arts in Society conference in Budapest, Hungary. In 2015, she gave a keynote address in Florida at the Qualitative Report conference and was invited again for the same conference in 2020. In 2017, she appeared at the “NYU Forum on Ethnodrama” at New York University as a part of the keynote conversation. Also in 2017, she gave a keynote address at The World Chinese Art Education Symposium in Ningbo, China. In 2018, Leavy was a keynote speaker at the “Arts as an Agent for Social Change conference at McGill University in Montreal and also delivered the keynote address at the “Arts-Based Research Symposium” at SUNY-New Paltz.[16][17][18][19][20]

Awards and recognition[change | change source]

Leavy was named as the “2010 New England Sociologist of the Year” by the New England Sociological Association. She is the recipient of the 2014 Special Achievement Award by the American Creativity Association,[21] the Egon Guba Memorial Keynote Lecture Award by the American Educational Research Association Qualitative SIG, and a 2015 Special Career Award by the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry.[4][22] She has received the National Art Education Association 2018 Distinguished Service Outside the Profession Award.[23][24]

She was invited as a fellow in 2015 to the Salzburg Global Seminar Session “The Neuroscience of Art: What are the Sources of Creativity and Innovation?.[25]

In 2017, Leavy’s book, Research Design: Quantitative, Qualitative, Mixed Methods, Arts-Based, and Community-Based Participatory Research Approaches was the third-place winner of the American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Awards in the category nursing research.[26][27][28]

Leavy’s Privilege Through the Looking-Glass (Sense Publishers) won the USA Best Book Award for Nonfiction Anthologies in 2018.[29]In the same year, Leavy’s Handbook of Arts-Based Research (Guilford Press) won the USA Best Book Award for Education/Academic.

In 2018, the “Patricia Leavy Award for Art and Social Justice” was established by SUNY New Paltz. In the same year, she was honored by the National Women’s Hall of Fame, and her book Method Meets Art: Arts-Based Research Practice (Second Edition), received the American Educational Research Association Division D Measurement and Research Methodology Significant Contributions Award.[30][31]

In 2019, Spark received the Living Now Book Award for Adventure Fiction, and it also received the American Fiction Award for Inspirational Fiction. In 2020 Leavy’s book Film received the American Fiction Award for Inspirational Fiction. The same year Leavy’s book Candy Floss Collection (3 novels) received the American Fiction Award for Anthologies.[32][33]

References[change | change source]

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  2. "Social Fictions Series". Brill. Retrieved 2020-10-06.
  3. Watson, Ashleigh (December 2016). "Directions for Public Sociology: Novel Writing as a Creative Approach". Cultural Sociology. 10 (4): 431–447. doi:10.1177/1749975516639081. ISSN 1749-9755.
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  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Leavy, Patricia (2014). The Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-981175-5.
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  27. "Literary Sociology: An Interview with Dr. Patricia Leavy about 'Spark'". The Sociological Review. 2019-07-10. Retrieved 2020-10-06.
  28. Leavy, Patricia; Harris, Anne (2018-08-09). Contemporary Feminist Research from Theory to Practice. Guilford Publications. ISBN 978-1-4625-3628-3.
  29. Leavy, Patricia, ed. (2017). Privilege Through the Looking-Glass. Personal/Public Scholarship. Sense Publishers. ISBN 978-94-6351-140-7.
  30. Andrew Bruso. "MFA student receives inaugural Art & Social Justice Award at arts-based research symposium – SUNY New Paltz News". Retrieved 2020-10-06.
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