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Juliet Schor

sociology department


Juliet Schor


Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst

McGuinn Hall 531
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Phone: 617-552-4056

Curriculum Vitae

Short Biography

Personal website

Scholarly Interests

Consumer society and consumer culture, working hours and lifestyles, environmental degradation, the emergence of a sustainable consumption and production sector, including political consumption and the new sharing economy, and alternative, sustainable economies and societies. Schor is the founder and organizer of the Summer Institute in New Economics, a week-long workshop for Ph.D. students.

Academic Profile

Juliet Schor’s research has focused on issues of work, consumption and sustainability. Her “work and spend” cycle is an integrated approach to production and consumption which emphasizes the sociological dynamics that determine spending. Most recently she is working on issues of sustainable consumption and production, with particular emphasis on political consumption, new patterns of time-use, and alternative economic structures. As a member of a MacArthur Research Network she is studying the emergence of collaborative consumption.

Courses Typically Taught

SC025 - People and Nature
SC560 - Consumption and Sustainability
SC771 - Consumer Society

Recent Awards and professional accomplishments

Winner, 2011 Herman Daly Award from the US Society for Ecological Economics
Winner, 2006 Leontief Award from Tufts University
MacArthur Foundation grantee and research network member
2011 Senior Fellow, Center for Humans and Nature
Visiting Professor, Yale University
Guggenheim Fellow

Recent Publications

True Wealth: how and why millions of Americans are creating a time-rich, ecologically-light, small-scale, high-satisfaction economy (paperback version of Plenitude) (Penguin 2011).

“An emerging eco-habitus: the reconfiguration of high cultural capital practices among ethical consumers,” Journal of Consumer Culture, forthcoming 2014. (with Luka Carfagna, Emilie Dubois, Connor Fitzmaurice, Thomas Laidley, Monique Ouimette, and Margaret Willis)

“Could Working Less Reduce Pressures on the Environment?: A Cross-National Panel Analysis of OECD Countries, 1970-2007, Global Environmental Change, 2013. (with Kyle W. Knight and Eugene A. Rosa)

Born to Buy: The Commercialized Child and the New Consumer Culture (New York: Scribner), September 2004.

“Does Changing a Light Bulb Lead to Changing the World? Civic Engagement and the Ecologically Conscious Consumer,” The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 2013 (with Margaret Willis).

“The Underdog Effect: The Marketing of Disadvantage through Brand Biography,” Journal of Consumer Research, 37(5), February 2011. (with Neeru Paharia, Anat Keinan and Jill Avery).