Juliet Schor

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Juliet Schor (born 1955) is Professor of sociology at Boston College.[1] She has studied trends in working time, consumerism, the relationship between work and family, women's issues and Economic inequality, and the environment and concerns about climate change.[2] From 2010 to 2017 she studied the sharing economy under a large research project funded by the MacArthur Foundation.[3][4]

Academic career[edit]

She received her undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University in 1975 where she majored in Economics and Philosophy[5]. [6] and her Ph.D in economics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1982. She taught at Harvard University for 17 years, in the Department of Economics and the Committee on Degrees in Women's Studies.{{[7]|date=April 2015}} In 2014-15, she was the Matina S. Horner Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard.[8]

In 1977, Schor was one of several founders of South End Press.[2] Additionally, in 1979 she was a founding member of the Center for Popular Economics.[9]

In 2006 she was awarded the Leontief Prize by the Global Development and Environment Institute.[10]

Between 2013 and 2016, Schor with other in researched the sharing economy, interviewing a hundred workers.[11]

Currently, Schor is Professor of sociology at Boston College and on the advisory board of the Center for a New American Dream.[1][12]

Personal life[edit]

Schor grew up in California, Pennsylvania where her father developed the first specialty health clinic for minors. As she grew up she gained a stronger sense of class difference and labor exploitation. She also found herself reading Marx at a young age.[13] currently resides in Newton, MA. She has two children. Her husband, Prasannan Parthasarathi is also a professor at Boston College.[14]


In an interview with Peter Shea 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.[2]

In another interview discussing her book Plentitude: The New Economics of True Wealth she says, "When people work too many hours they tend to feel deprived and they use consumption to reward themselves, whether that be for an expensive vacation, kitchen remodel or a bigger diamond. The downturn has actually opened up space for people to think about different trajectories for their consumption expectations over their lifetimes.”[15]


In 1992, Schor's book The Overworked American was a bestseller.[16]


  • The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline of Leisure, Basic Books (1992)[16]
  • Sustainable Economy for the 21st Century, (1995, 1999)[17]
  • The Overspent American: Why We Want What We Don't Need, (1999)
  • Born to Buy: The Commercialized Child and the New Consumer Culture, (2005)
  • Plenitude: The New Economics of True Wealth, Penguin Press (2010)[2]

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)

Awards and accomplishments[edit]

  • Radcliffe Institute Fellow (2014-15)
  • ASA Public Understanding of Sociology Award (2014)
  • MacArthur Foundation grantee and research network member
  • Carpenter Award, Economics Division, Babson College (2013)
  • Herman Daly Award from the US Society for Ecological Economics (2011)
  • Leontief Award from Tufts University (2006)
  • Senior Fellow, Center for Humans and Nature (2011)



  1. ^ a b "Debating the Sharing Economy". Great Transition Initiative. Retrieved 9 April 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d "Julie Schor". Institute for Advanced Study. Archived from the original on 19 December 2013. Retrieved 9 April 2015.
  3. ^ "Juliet Schor: On the Connected Economy and Carbon Emissions". www.bc.edu. Retrieved 2017-12-14.
  4. ^ "Juliet Schor - Connected Learning Research Network". Connected Learning Research Network. Retrieved 2017-12-14.
  5. ^ "Juliet Schor". Capital Institute.
  6. ^ Low, David. "Juliet Schor '75 Writes about a Cure for Composition". News at Wesleyan.
  7. ^ "Juliet Schor". Boston College.
  8. ^ "Juliet Schor". Boston College.
  9. ^ "Reflections on popular-economics-an-interview-with Juliet Schor". Center for Popular Economics. Retrieved 9 April 2015.
  10. ^ "Leontief Prize Winners".
  11. ^ "Juliet Schor, Boston College - ICOS". www.icos.umich.edu.
  12. ^ "Advisory Board". Center for a New American Dream. Retrieved 9 April 2015.
  13. ^ "Juliet Schor". Capital Institute.
  14. ^ Gershon, Livia (1/27/16). "The Road to Utopia: A Conversation with Juliet Schor". JSTOR Daily. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  15. ^ "Juliet Schor". Capital Institute.
  16. ^ a b Stead, Deborah. "Prosperous Referents and 'The Overspent American'". New York Times. Retrieved 9 April 2015.
  17. ^ "A Sustainable Economy for the 21st Century". www.goodreads.com.
  18. ^ "Juliet Schor". Boston College.

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