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Dr. Patricia Gibbs Stayte, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.

Professor, Chair, Sociology Department / Campus Tenure Review Coordinator

Business and Social Sciences Division

(650) 949-7474



Foothill campus
Office: 3006
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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 development of the Foothill General Sociology Program and the establishment of the Sociology program's Social Welfare curriculum. She has authored numerous Foothill courses including Social Welfare, Drugs and Alcohol in Society, Sociology of Crime, Public Sociologies, Popular Culture, Global Studies and Global Issues. She 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, comparative analysis of alternative and mainstream media in the journals Media History and Media, Culture and Society, and co-authored an article on student research experience in the American Sociological Association's journal, Teaching Sociology.

She has completed two Stanford Fellowships - one on Human Rights and the other on Internationalizing the Curriculum. She is currently researching the stigmatization of Community Colleges.

She finds no greater professional pleasure than working with students and helping others develop and advance a Sociological Imagination, or the ability to see the connections between personal life and public issues.

Personal Quote:

"Neither the life of an individual nor the history of a society can be understood without understanding both." (C. Wright Mills 1959: 3)

Last update: 2021-07-08
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