Noted scholar of
the overworked and overspent joins BC
B. Schor, director of studies for the women's studies program at
Harvard University and a nationally recognized social economist,
will join the Boston College faculty this fall as a professor of
Schor's research focuses on the relationship between work and family,
trends in work and leisure, and consumerism. An economist by training,
she has taught at Harvard since 1984 and is the author of the 1991
best-seller The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline of
Leisure, which portrayed the U.S. workforce as increasingly
"time-poor." In that book, Schor calculated that, on average,
employees worked "an additional 163 hours, or the equivalent
of an extra month a year," compared with workers 20 years earlier.
Other publications by Schor include The Overspent American: Upscaling,
Downshifting, and the New Consumer (1998), which probed the
social roots of U.S. consumerism; and Do Americans Shop Too Much?
and The Consumer Society Reader, both published in 2000.
"Juliet Schor is an enormously influential public intellectual,"
says Sociology Chairman and Professor Stephen Pfohl. "It is
rare today to read discussions of policy pertaining to time at work--whether
in scholarly journals or in the pages of the New York Times--that
do not reference Juliet's writings." Schor's research on consumer
behavior earned her a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1995. She served
on the economics faculties of Williams College and Barnard College
before joining Harvard's economics department.
"I am thrilled to be coming to Boston College," she says. "I'm especially
looking forward to teaching students who combine intellectual passion
and rigor with social conscience." Schor will teach courses on consumer
society, political economy, and gender.
Patricia Delaney is Director of Media Relations at BC.
Photo: Schor: "passion and conscience" Gary Wayne Gilbert