Juliet Schor

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Juliet Schor (born 1955) is Professor of sociology at Boston College. She studies trends in working time and leisure, consumerism, the relationship between work and family, women's issues and economic justice. She received her undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University and her Ph.D in economics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. 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. In 2006 she was awarded the Leontief Prize by the Global Development and Environment Institute. In the interview with Peter Shea (link below) she talks about her early intellectual formation, her critique of conventional economics, and her decision to write for an audience that includes the general public as well as her colleagues in the academy. She has two children who currently reside in Newton with her, Krishna and Sulakshana. Her husband, Prasannan Parthasarathi is also a professor at Boston College.


  • The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline of Leisure (1993)
  • The Overspent American: Why We Want What We Don't Need (1999)
  • A Sustainable Economy for the 21st Century (1999)
  • Born to Buy: The Commercialized Child and the New Consumer Culture (2005)
  • Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth (2010)

As co-editor or co-author:

  • The Golden Age of Capitalism: Reinterpreting the Postwar Experience (1992)
  • Do Americans Shop too Much? (2000)
  • The Consumer Society Reader (2000)
  • Sustainable Planet: Solutions for the 21st Century (2003)

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