Juliet Schor is professor of sociology at Boston College. Her research over the last ten years has focused on issues pertaining to trends in work and leisure, consumerism, the relationship between work and family, women's issues, and economic justice. She is the author of the national best-seller The Overworked American: The Unexpected Decline of Leisure which is widely credited for influencing the national debate on work and family. Her most recent book is Born to Buy: The Commercialized Child and the New Consumer Culture, published last fall. Schor taught for 17 years in the department of economics at Harvard University before her tenure at Boston College. Her scholarly writing has appeared in the Economic Journal, The Review of Economics and Statistics, World Development, and other journals. Earlier in her career, her research focused on issues of wages, productivity, and profitability. She also did work on the political economy of central banking. She has served as a consultant to the United Nations, and was a fellow at the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Schor is also a board member and co-founder of the Center for a New American Dream, an organization devoted to transforming North American lifestyles to make them more ecologically and socially sustainable.