Dr. Catherine M. Petrissans received her B.A. in Sociology from Loyola Marymount University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from U.C. Riverside. She is currently Professor of Sociology at Clarion University of Pennsylvania. She has served as chair of the Department of Sociology and teaches sociology courses in the area of social theory, inequality, family, and social problems. Dr. Petrissans conducts research on ethnic identity among Basque-American youth and has recorded albums in the endangered Basque language with her folk group NOKA.