Juliet B. Schor is Professor of Sociology at Boston College and is also a member of the MacArthur Foundation Connected Learning Research Network. Schor’s research focuses on consumption, time use, and environmental sustainability. Her most recent books are Sustainable Lifestyles and the Quest for Plenitude: Case Studies of the New Economy (Yale University Press, 2014), which she co-edited with Craig Thompson, and True Wealth: How and Why Millions of Americans are Creating a Time-Rich, Ecologically Light, Small-Scale, High-Satisfaction Economy (2011 by Penguin Press, previously published as Plenitude).
As part of her work with the MacArthur Foundation, Schor is currently researching the “connected economy,” via a series of case studies of sharing platforms and their participants. She is also studying the relation between working hours, inequality and carbon emissions. In 2014 Schor received the American Sociological Association’s award for Public Understanding of Sociology. She is a former Guggenheim Fellow and a former Brookings Institution fellow. She is the recipient of the 2011 Herman Daly Award from the US Society for Ecological Economics.
In 2006 she received the Leontief Prize from the Global Development and Economics Institute at Tufts University for expanding the frontiers of economic thought. She has also received the George Orwell Award for Distinguished Contributions to Honesty and Clarity in Public Language from the National Council of Teachers of English.
She has served as a consultant to the United Nations, at the World Institute for Development Economics Research, and to the United Nations Development Program. Schor is also a co-founder of the Center for a New American Dream (newdream.org), a national sustainability organization where she served on the board for more than 15 years. She is the vice chair of the board of the Better Future Project, one of the country’s most successful climate activism organizations, and is a co-founder of the South End Press and the Center for Popular Economics.