Patricia Drew, a sociologist, was raised in Portland, Oregon. After graduating from college, she moved to rural Bluff, Utah to volunteer in Americorps VISTA. As she worked with schoolchildren, she became interested in how social institutions and locations help to shape individuals' lives. She further developed sociological interests in gender, sexuality, social psychology, and health during her graduate studies at Portland State University and the University of California, Santa Barbara. In her research, Professor Drew has examined the development of weight loss surgery and related identity transformation among surgery patients. She has also studied gendered messages in contemporary sex education films. She has published in Research in the Sociology of Health Care, The Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality and Women and Therapy. She has frequently presented her work at annual meetings of the American Sociological Association and the Pacific Sociological Association. Professor Drew teaches courses on women’s studies, gender development, embodiment and the life course.
- B.A., University of Oregon, M.S., Portland State University
- Ph.D, University of California, Santa Barbara (Sociology)
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