Patricia Leavy, PhD, is an independent scholar and the former Chair of Sociology and Founding Director of the Gender Studies Program at Stonehill College. She is the author or coauthor of numerous books on research methods, arts-based research, and transdisciplinary research. She is also a novelist and the editor of five book series. Dr. Leavy was named the New England Sociologist of the Year by the New England Sociological Association and is the recipient of the Special Achievement Award from the American Creativity Association, which honors creativity and innovation in every field. She lectures, presents workshops, and is frequently cited in the media for her expertise in gender and popular culture. Her website is www.patricialeavy.com.