Patricia Gibbs, Ph.D.
Sociology Instructor

Business and Social Sciences Division
     Sociology
     (650) 949-7474
     gibbspatricia@foothill.edu
     http://www.foothill.edu/bss/people/gibbs-patricia

Foothill campus
Office: 3006
Office Hours:
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Biography:
Patricia L. Gibbs is exceptionally enthusiastic about the field of Sociology in all of its facets. Born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, she holds a B. Ed. from the University of British Columbia, an M.A. in Leisure Studies from the University of Alberta, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa.

A political sociologist, Dr. Gibbs' research interests are in the politics of labor, community, families and close interpersonal relationships, the media, popular culture and social issues, and Canadian - American relations.

She began teaching at Foothill in 1999 and has since played a key role in the establishment of Foothill Sociology program??s Social Welfare curriculum, co-founded a student group dedicated to the analysis of California social issues and facilitated a collaborative research experience program for Foothill students with Stanford University. She holds several academic awards for sociological research including the Evelyn Kline Award for Community Research from the University of Alberta and the Bernard Hormann Award for Sociological Research from the University of Hawai'i. She has published popular press articles on such topics as affordable housing, child support legislation, environmental issues, labor disputes and the effects of welfare cutbacks on poor women. She has published scholarly articles on the politics of women's leisure, in the journals Loisire et Societe / Society and Leisure and Leisure Studies, the Hawaiian sovereignty movement in International Social Welfare in a Changing World, and a comparative analysis of alternative and mainstream media in the journals Media History and Media, Culture and Society. She finds no greater professional pleasure than helping students develop a Sociological Imagination, or the ability to see the connections between personal life and public issues.


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