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Loretta Bass

Professor and Chair
Ph.D., University of Connecticut, 1998
Office: KAUF 301
Phone: (405) 325-1751

Research Areas

International Migration, Child Labor, Children and Families, Stratification Issues, Demography


Loretta came to the University of Oklahoma in 1999 after earning her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Connecticut and completing a two-year appointment within the Fertility and Family Branch of the Population Division at the U.S. Census Bureau. Loretta is a demographer who focuses her research on stratification issues in the United States, Africa and Europe. Her book, African Immigrant Families Another France (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), examines the integration experiences of international migrants from Sub-Saharan Africa to France. Her prior book, Child Labor in Sub-Saharan Africa (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2004), offers a window on the lives of child workers in 43 African countries.

She is currently the Series Editor for the Sociological Studies of Children and Youth (SSCY), and serves on the Editorial Board for the journals Social ProblemsSociological Inquiry, Population Research and Policy Reviewand Current Sociology. Additionally, she serves as Past-President of Research Committee 53, Sociology of Childhood, within the International Sociological Association (ISA) and is a past Chair of the American Sociological Association’s (ASA) Children and Youth Section.

Loretta's research agenda has been supported through funding from the National Science Foundation, a Howard Foundation Fellowship, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the U.S. Census Bureau, the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, and the University of Oklahoma Foundation.

To read a recent blog post: 
"What Motivates European Youth to Join ISIS?" Syria Comment November 20, 2014.

Loretta's interview about her book on KGOU's World Views, January 23, 2015:

Listen to Dr. Bass' recent NPR interview predicts and contextualizes the 'sleeping giant' of Hispanic and recently naturalized voters in the upcoming Midterm Election. Dr. Bass' comments start at the 15-minute mark of this segment, Oct. 24, 2018, Kansas City KCUR National Public Radio Affiliate: