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Patricia Campion, PhD

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    Patricia Campion, PhD

    Associate Professor of Global Studies and Sociology Dr. Patricia Campion was born and raised in Chartres, France. She has studied in France, Spain, Belgium, and the US. She obtained a Jacob Javits fellowship from the US Department of Education to complete her MA and PhD in Sociology at LSU. Her dissertation analyzed the spatial distribution of NGOs in San Luis Potosí, Mexico. After graduation, she worked as a Research Ethnographer with the Applied Research Center in Bakersfield, CA, then created a consulting firm in the California Central Valley, Pathways & Insights Associates, which provided strategic planning and evaluation services to local government agencies and social service organizations. She was Assistant Professor of Sociology at Tennessee Tech University for four years, where she obtained an American Sociological Association, Sydney S. Spivack Applied Social Research and Social Policy Community Action Research award, to complete a needs assessment of Hispanic families for the Monterey HeadStart. She served as co-chaperon on a student trip to Puebla, Mexico, and participated in international conferences in Tunisia and Greece.She joined Saint Leo University in 2009 as Associate Professor of Sociology. She became Associate Professor of Global Studies and Sociology in 2012 and serves as the academic contact for the Global Studies program. She spearheaded a study trip on sustainability in Costa Rica in 2014 and advised a Model Arab League team. She was a member of the Saint Leo Institutional Review Board for ten years and chaired it for five years. She is the Principal Research Associate for the Maribeth Durst Applied Research Institute and a founding member of the Saint Leo Research Hub. She has published research on NGOs, immigration and religion, religious capital in politics, and online education for Catholic sisters in Africa.


    • PhD, Sociology with a minor in Geography, Louisiana State University
    • MA, Sociology, Louisiana State University
    • ME, Agricultural Engineering, UniLaSalle-Beauvais (France)
    • Certificate of specialization in Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, Université Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium)
    • MA in Creative Writing, Saint Leo University

    Courses Taught

    • Globalization
    • Systems Thinking
    • Global Social Change and Development
    • Applied Social Research and Evaluation
    • Medical Sociology
    • Environmental Sociology, Sociological Theory
    • Feeding the Planet: Challenges and Opportunities in the 21st Century