Patricia Drew

Associate professor

Department of Human Development & Women's Studies

(510) 885-3945
MI 3055
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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)


Summer Quarter 2017
Course #SecCourse TitleDaysFromToLocationCampusTextbook Info
HDEV 320201SPResearch Methods In Human DevARRWEB-ONLINEOnline Campus View Books
WOST 340001SPWomen and CareersARRWEB-ONLINEOnline Campus View Books


Drew, Patricia. 2013. “Vaginal Rejuvenation Surgery.” Pp. 2025-2029 in The Multimedia Encyclopedia of Women in Today’s World, edited by Mary Zeiss-Strange, Carol Oyster, and J. Geoffrey Golson. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.


Drew, Patricia. 2011. “’But Then I Learned…”: Weight Loss Surgery Patients Negotiate Surgery Discourses.” Social Science and Medicine. 73:1230-1237.


Drew, Patricia. 2009. “Weight Loss Surgery Patients’ Negotiations of Medicine’s Institutional Logic.” Pp. 65-92 in Research in the Sociology of Health Care, Volume 26, edited by J.J. Kronenfeld. Emerald Group Publishing.


Drew, Patricia. “Midlife Women’s Bodies and Body Work in More.” Pacific Sociological Association annual meeting. Reno, NV, March 21-24, 2013.


Drew, Patricia, William Graber and Evelyn Mariani. “Social Support Networks and Bariatric Surgery Patients.” Pacific Sociological Association annual meeting. Seattle, WA: April 10 – 13, 2011.


Drew, Patricia. “Women, Aging, and the Marketing of Vaginoplasty.” Pacific Sociological Association annual meeting. Oakland, CA, April 8-11, 2010.


Drew, Patricia. “Weight Loss Surgery Patients’ Changing Conceptions of Stigmatizing Obesity Surgery Discourses.” Pacific Sociological Association annual meeting. San Diego, CA, April 8 – April 11, 2009.


Drew, Patricia. “Embracing, Selectively Accepting, and Strategically Complying: The Spectrum of Bariatric Surgery Patients’ Negotiations with Medical Guidelines.” American Sociological Association annual meeting. Boston, MA, August 1- August 4, 2008.


Drew, Patricia and Denise Bielby. “Transforming Discourses, Transforming Selves: Weight Loss Surgery Patients’ Renegotiations of Medicine’s Institutional Logics.” American Sociological Association annual meeting. New York, NY, August 11 – August 14, 2007.


Drew, Patricia. “Disavowing Beauty: Gendered Beauty Expectations and Weight Loss Surgery Patients.”  Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction annual meeting. New York, NY, August 11 – August 13, 2007 and Pacific Sociological Association annual meeting. Portland, OR, April 10-13 2008. 

Grants and Awards

CLASS Faculty Assessment Coordinator Team (FACT) Mini Grant, California State University, East Bay

Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activities Support Grant, California State University, East Bay

Faculty Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Mini-Grant, California State University, East Bay

New Faculty Support Grant, California State University, East Bay







Department of Human Development and Women’s Studies:

 Assessment Coordinator, 2011 – present.

 Chair, Advisory Committee for the Selection of the HDEV/WOST Department Chair, 2012.

 Chair, HDEV Curriculum and Assessment Committee, 2009 – present.

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences:

 Member, College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences Faculty Assessment Coordinator Team, 2011-2014.

 Member, Faculty Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Committee, College of Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences, 2011.


 Senator, California State University, East Bay Academic Senate, 2012-2014.

 Faculty Assessment Coordinator, Educational Effectiveness Council, 2013-2014.

 Member, Critical Thinking Assessment Project, 2013-2014

Community Service: 

Member, Governing Board, Nea Community Learning Center, Alameda, California, 2011- present.

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