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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences


Sociology Department

JULIET SCHOR graduated from Wesleyan University and received her Ph.D. in economics at the University of Massachusetts.  Her most recent book is True Wealth: How and Why Millions of Americans are Creating a Time-Rich, Ecologically Light, Small-Scale, High-Satisfaction Economy (previously published as Plenitude. More information can be found at Previous books include national best-seller The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline of Leisure and The Overspent American: Why We Want What We Don’t Need. She is also the co-editor of Sustainable Planet: Solutions for the Twenty-first Century. Schor is a former Guggenheim Fellow and recipient of the 2011 Herman Daly Award from the US Society for Ecological Economics. She is also a regular contributor to the Guardian Sustainable Business Pages. In 2006 she received the Leontief Prize from the Global Development and Economics Institute at Tufts University for expanding the frontiers of economic thought. She has served as a consultant to the United Nations, at the World Institute for Development Economics Research, and to the United Nations Development Program. 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 of the Board of the Center for a New American Dream (, a national sustainability organization.

CHARLES DERBER, a noted social critic, author and activist, is professor of sociology at Boston College. The climate change crisis is one of his major areas of teaching and writing. His book, Greed to Green, argues that capitalism, climate change, and militarism are all organically intertwined, and offers a strategy for the systemic change necessary to preserve the planet and civil society.

BRIAN GAREAU has a Master's of Science in Environmental Science, a Master's of Arts, and a Ph.D. in Sociology with a parenthetical notation in Environmental Studies. His professional work focuses on the sociology of global environmental governance, especially the governance of ozone layer depletion and global climate change. Dr. Gareau teaches courses on Environmental Sociology, Political Sociology, Select Topics in Environmental Studies, the Sociology of Science and Technology, a core course on Society and Environmental Transformations, and the Senior Seminar for International Studies majors.   He is the author of the new book,  From Precaution to Profit: Contemporary Challenges to Environmental Protection in the Montreal Protocol (2013), in the “Yale Agrarian Studies Series,” James C. Scott (Series Editor) New Haven and London: Yale University Press.