Harvard Women's Studies Director to Join University

Harvard Women's Studies Director to Join University

Author, social economist Juliet Schor to begin teaching this fall

By Patricia Delaney
Director of Media Relations

Juliet B. Schor, director of women's studies at Harvard University and a nationally recognized social economist, author, educator and researcher, will join the Boston College faculty this September as a professor of sociology.

Schor's research interests focus on a number of key issues in American society, among them the relationship between work and family, trends in work and leisure, consumerism, women's issues and economic justice.
A member of the economics faculty and later the committee on degrees in women's studies during her more than 15 years at Harvard, Schor is the author or editor of many articles and books, among them The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline of Leisure and The Overspent American: Upscaling, Downshifting and the New Consumer. Other works include The Golden Age of Capitalism: Reinterpreting the Postwar Experience, and her most recent books: Do Americans Shop Too Much? and The Consumer Society Reader, both published in 2000. She currently is at work on a new project on sustainable consumption.

"We are delighted to have Juliet Schor joining us," said College of Arts and Sciences Dean Joseph F. Quinn. "Her cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research on work and family fits beautifully into the strengths of our sociology department and also dovetails nicely with the University's Jesuit mission to educate for life rather than solely for career."

Juliet B. Schor (Photo by Gary Gilbert)

"I am thrilled to be coming to Boston College," said Schor. "I'm especially looking forward to teaching students who combine intellectual passion and rigor with social conscience."

At Boston College, Schor will teach courses on consumer society, political economy, and gender. She will continue her analyses of trends in consumer society, and is planning to begin work on a study of alternative social initiatives aimed at a sustainable global economy.

"Juliet Schor is an internationally recognized scholar and enormously influential public intellectual, whose interdisciplinary social research is held in the highest esteem by top scholars in her field," said Sociology Chairman Prof. Stephen Pfohl. "Her voluminous scholarship is routinely cited by leading sociologists as among the most important contributions to contemporary understandings of both time spent at work and income spent on consumer goods and services.

"It is rare today to read discussions of policy pertaining to time at work - whether in scholarly journals or in the pages of the New York Times - that do not reference Juliet's writings," Pfohl added.

Schor's research on consumer spending earned a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1995. She is a founding member of the Center for a New American Dream, an organization devoted to making American lifestyles more sustainable, and has made key organizational contributions to the World Institute in Development Economics Research.

Schor is a member of the International Advisory Board for the "Project on Social-Economic Security" of the International Labour Organization. She also has served as consultant to the United Nations on matters pertaining to human development, and as a member of The Parenting Task Force of the National Parenting Association and the Research Advisory Council of the Economic Policy Institute.

A recipient of bachelor's and doctoral degrees in economics from Wesleyan University and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, respectively, Schor served on the economics faculties of Williams College and Barnard College at Columbia University before joining Harvard's economics department in 1986.

While at Harvard, Schor served on a presidential task force that assessed how employees balance work-life and family commitments. She also was an advisory board member to the Gender Studies Program with Harvard's School of Education, women's representative to the Radcliffe Graduate Consortium and a participant in the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies and the Provost's Inter-faculty Seminars on welfare and feminism.

Schor has spoken frequently to a wide range of audiences and serves as an editorial board member of the Journal of Applied Economics and the Journal of Consumer Culture. She is married to Asst. Prof. Prasannan Parthasarathi (History).

 

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