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date: 18 January 2021

(p. xiv) (p. xv) About the Editor

(p. xiv) (p. xv) About the Editor

Patricia Leavy, Ph.D., is an independent scholar and bestselling author. She was formerly Associate Professor of Sociology, Chair of Sociology & Criminology, and Founding Director of Gender Studies at Stonehill College. She has published more than 25 books, earning commercial and critical success in both nonfiction and fiction. Her recent titles include Research Design: Quantitative, Qualitative, Mixed Methods, Arts-Based, and Community-Based Participatory Research Approaches; Handbook of Arts-Based Research; Method Meets Art; Fiction as Research Practice; The Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research; and the novels Spark, Blue, American Circumstance, and Low-Fat Love. She is also series creator and editor for eight book series with Oxford University Press and Brill-Sense, including the ground-breaking Social Fictions series. She blogs for The Creativity Post, The Huffington Post, and We Are the Real Deal and is cofounder and co-editor-in-chief of Art/Research International: A Transdisciplinary Journal. In addition to numerous book awards, 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 annual “Patricia Leavy Award for Art and Social Justice.” Her website is www.patricialeavy.com.