Juliet Schor

Professor of Sociology, Boston College


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 books include Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth (The Penguin Press 2010),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). Schor is currently working on sustainable consumption, the sharing economy and the structural determinants of carbon emissions. She is the Vice Chair of the Better Future Project, a leading climate activist organization and a co-founder of the Center for a New American Dream. 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. She has received the Leontief Prize, the Herman Daly Prize and the American Sociological Association Award for the Public Understanding of Sociology.