Professor Leavy Named Sociologist of the Year
November 17, 2010
At its annual Fall Conference recently, The New England Sociological Association (NESA) honored Stonehill Associate Professor of Sociology Patricia Leavy with its Sociologist of the Year Award for her acclaimed publications Method Meets Art: Arts-Based Research (2009) and Oral History: Understanding Qualitative Research (2011).
The award annually recognizes contributions to sociology either through academic scholarship or through outstanding service to the broader community of sociologists beyond the recipient’s department and institution. Past recipients include Jack Levin of Northeastern University, Shirley Jackson of Southern Connecticut State University and Jodi Cohen of Bridgewater State College.
“The NESA is a wonderful organization devoted to building a community of sociologists in New England. NESA is a supportive and welcoming organization dedicated to reflecting on best practices in sociological teaching, research and practice. I am truly honored to be recognized by them in this way. I hope my award highlights the great work of the Sociology and Criminology Department here at Stonehill,” said Leavy.
“Leavy’s scholarly work in the area of methodology and qualitative research have gained her recognition by the members of NESA,” said Mel Manson, past president of the NESA.
“Her scholarship and publications certainly have advanced sociology. At a NESA meeting at Stonehill I personally saw how well respected and liked she was by her students,” he added.
Leavy has been teaching at Stonehill since the Fall of 2002 after receiving her Ph.D. in sociology from Boston College earlier that year. She is the founding Director of the Gender Studies Program at the College.
She is regularly quoted in the media for her expertise on popular culture and gender and has appeared on CNN’s Glenn Beck Show and Lou Dobbs Tonight.
Leavy is currently the editor for a large book series with Oxford University Press titled Understanding Qualitative Research. Leavy has also authored articles on methodology, body image, collective memory, and media.
Her other books include: Iconic Events: Media, Politics and Power in Retelling History (2007), Feminist Research Practice (2007; co-author) and The Practice of Qualitative Research (2005 & 2011; co-author).
She is the co-editor of Hybrid Identities: Theoretical and Empirical Examinations (2009), Handbook of Emergent Methods (2008), Emergent Methods in Social Research (2006) and Approaches to Qualitative Research: A Reader on Theory and Practice (2004).
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