Patricia Leavy, Ph.D. Column: Art, Research, Thought (A.R.T.) How Creative Researchers are bridging the Arts and Sciences

Patricia Leavy, Ph.D 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 one of the most visible proponents worldwide of arts-based research as a means of public and creative scholarship.
Patricia has published over twenty-five books, earning commercial and critical success in both nonfiction and fiction, and her work has been translated into numerous languages. Her recent titles include “Research Design, Handbook of Arts-Based
Research” , “Method Meets Art”, “Fiction as Research Practice”, “The Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research”, and the bestselling novels “Blue , American Circumstance”, and “Low-Fat Love”. She is also a series creator and editor for seven book series with Oxford University Press and Brill-Sense, including the ground-breaking Social Fictions series, the first series by an academic press that exclusively publishes full-length arts-based research (novels, plays, short story and poetry collections informed by social research but written entirely in literary forms). Patricia is also cofounder and co-editor-in-chief of Art/Research International: A Transdisciplinary Journal.
A vocal advocate of public scholarship, she blogs for The Huffington Post, The Creativity Post, and We Are the Real Deal and is frequently called on by the US national news media. 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 International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, and the National Art Education Association.
In 2016 Mogul, a global women’s empowerment network, named her an “Influencer.” In 2018, she was honored by the National Women’s Hall of Fame and SUNY-New Paltz established the “Patricia Leavy Award for Art and Social Justice”.
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