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Noted scholar of the overworked and overspent joins BC

Photo of Juliet B. SchorJuliet 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 sociology.

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

Patricia Delaney is Director of Media Relations at BC.

Photo: Schor: "passion and conscience" Gary Wayne Gilbert

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