Patricia Leavy, Ph.D. is a leading qualitative researcher, best-selling author, and the creator and editor for seven book series. On the release of her 20th book, American Circumstance: Anniversary Edition, the prolific author offers TQR readers this commentary on academic publishing.


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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. 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. She is series creator and editor for seven book series with Oxford University Press and Sense Publishers, including the ground-breaking Social Fictions series. 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. 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. Patricia’s new book, a research-informed novel, American Circumstance is available now. You can learn more about the Social Fictions series here: https://www.sensepublishers.com/catalogs/bookseries/social-fictions-series/ Please visit www.patricialeavy.com for more information.

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