Loretta Pyles

Loretta Pyles

School of Social Welfare


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PhD, Social Work (2005), University of Kansas

MA, Philosophy (1994), University of Kansas

BA, Philosophy and Sociology (1991), Baker University

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Loretta Pyles is a critical social justice scholar concerned with transformative social change and integrative body-mind-spirit practice. Her scholarship has centered on the ways that individuals, organizations and communities resist and respond to poverty, violence against women, racism, and disasters in a context of climate crisis, neoliberal global capitalism, and social welfare retrenchment. Her work on disasters has been funded by the National Science Foundation. She is the author of Progressive Community Organizing: Transformative Practice in a Globalizing World, 3rd ed. (Routledge, forthcoming) and Healing Justice: Holistic Self-Care for Change Makers (Oxford University Press, 2018). She is a certified yoga instructor and draws from mindfulness and embodied learning in her pedagogy. Her current research is focused on rewilding practices and movements in the context of climate change.