About Juliet

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Juliet Schor is Professor of Sociology at Boston College. Before joining Boston College, she taught at Harvard University for 17 years, in the Department of Economics and the Committee on Degrees in Women’s Studies. A graduate of Wesleyan University, Schor received her Ph.D. in economics at the University of Massachusetts.

Her most recent book is Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth (The Penguin Press 2010). She is also author of the national best-seller, The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline of Leisure (Basic Books, 1992) and The Overspent American: Why We Want What We Don’t Need (Basic Books, 1998). The Overworked American appeared on the best-seller lists of The New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, The Chicago Tribune, The Village Voice, The Boston Globe as well as the annual best books list for The New York Times, Business Week and other publications. The book is widely credited for influencing the national debate on work and family.  The Overspent American was also made into a video of the same name, by the Media Education Foundation (September 2003).

Schor also wrote Born to Buy: The Commercialized Child and the New Consumer Culture (Scribner 2004). She is the author of Do Americans Shop Too Much? (Beacon Press 2000), co-editor of Consumer Society: A Reader (The New Press 2000)  and co-editor of Sustainable Planet: Solutions for the Twenty-first Century (Beacon Press 2002). An essay collection, Consumerism and Its Discontents is forthcoming from Oxford University Press in 2011. She has also co-edited a number of academic collections.

Schor is currently working on issues of environmental sustainability and their relation to Americans’ lifestyles and the economy and the emergence of a conscious consumption movement. She is a co-founder and co-chair of the Board of the Center for a New American Dream, a national sustainability organization.

She was a fellow at the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in 1995-1996 for a project entitled “New Analyses of Consumer Society.” In 2006 she received the Leontief Prize from the Global Development and Economics Institute at Tufts University for expanding the frontiers of economic thought. In 1998 Schor received the George Orwell Award for Distinguished Contributions to Honesty and Clarity in Public Language from the National Council of Teachers of English. Schor’s scholarly articles have appeared in the Economic Journal, The Review of Economics and Statistics, World Development, Industrial Relations, The Journal of Economic Psychology, Ecological Economics, The Journal of Industrial Ecology, Social Problems and other journals. Schor has served as a consultant to the United Nations, at the World Institute for Development Economics Research, and to the United Nations Development Program.

In addition to the foregoing, Schor is a co-founder of the South End Press and the Center for Popular Economics. She is a former Trustee of Wesleyan University, an occasional faculty member at Schumacher College, and a former fellow of the Brookings Institution. Schor has lectured widely throughout the United States, Europe and Japan to a variety of civic, business, labor and academic groups. She appears frequently on national and international media, and profiles on her and her work have appeared in scores of magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and People magazine. She has appeared on 60 Minutes, the Today Show, Good Morning America, The Early Show on CBS, numerous stories on network news, as well as many other national and local television news programs.

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  11. Charles Reyner says:


    Hi, Juliet (May I?: despite your, to me, incredible intelligence, you seem so sweet, accessible, & “laid back”!),
    I couldn’t believe what I saw yesterday on Chris’s program: two really brilliant women: Susan Crawford, & especially you!!! I couldn’t get enough of you & your commentary!!! I had never heard of you (or Susan), & now I know a little about you & hope to find time soon to read your plainly fabulous books!: the titles alone are “mouth-watering”! (I will at least start reading your blog soon!)
    I see that you were a professor at Harvard, as was another of my heroes, Liz Warren (IMHO, YOU, or she, should have been President there, instead of that absolute moron Larry Summers!!! – Geithner & Summers: what was Barack thinking? – he cudda had Volcker & Stiglitz, no? Or how about Schor & Warren?!)
    So you (& Susan) have now joined my “pantheon” of unbelievably incredible women whose (in the case of the Americans) duty is to save this country (&, for that matter, the world!) from what all too many UNCIVILIZED men have done to it! ALL HAIL!!!!
    [Some of my other “goddesses” are Angela Merkel (BTW I lived & worked in Deutschland almost 30 years & almost 2 years in Japan), & of course Liz Warren, Hillary, Nancy Pelosi, Deb Stabenow (my Senator!), & (don’t laugh) Janie Lynch, Ellen Degeneres, Rachel Maddow, Alex Wagner (MSNBC), just off the top of my head!
    God, Juliet, I hope that should our POTUS ever beckon you that you will respond, because, IMHO, you would be LIGHTS OUT on the world stage!!!!!
    I love all of you absolutely wonderful women dearly!!!
    And as some Germans also do,
    I say, Ciao, Bella!!!!
    and keep up the great work!!!!
    Charlie Reyner, Harbor Springs, MI
    (Univ of MI, 1966, 1968 GO BLUE!)

  12. Roy Jones says:

    Prof. Schor,
    In your article about the length of the work week in pre-industrial Europe, you say peasants worked 120 – 150 days a year. Are you counting only the time peasants had to work to meet their feudal obligations or all the labor they did throughout the agricultural year?


  13. Juliet Schor says:

    These are estimates of total hours–the discussion, with sources, can be found in chapter 3 of my book The Overworked American–but notice that the discussion is about days per year, not work weeks. I am relying on primary research from others here.

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