Patricia Leavy is an associate professor, former chairperson of the Sociology & Criminology Department, and the founding director of the Gender Studies Program at Stonehill College in Easton, MA. She is the author of Iconic Events: Media, Politics, and Power in Retelling History (2007), Method Meets Art: Arts-Based Research Practice (2009), and Understanding Qualitative Research: Oral History (forthcoming, Oxford University Press); coauthor of Feminist Research Practice: A Primer (2007) and The Practice of Qualitative Research (2d ed. 2010); and co-editor of Hybrid Identities: Theoretical and Empirical Examinations (2008), Handbook of Emergent Methods (2008), Emergent Methods in Social Research (2006), and Approaches to Qualitative Research: A Reader on Theory and Practice (2004). She is also the editor of the forthcoming Oxford University Press book series Understanding Qualitative Research. She has served on the New England Sociological Association’s executive council and was president in 2009. Leavy has also authored numerous articles on methodology, body image, collective memory, and mass media. She is regularly quoted in newspapers for her expertise on popular culture and gender and has appeared on CNN’s Glenn Beck Show and Lou Dobbs Tonight.