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Meredith Katz, Ph.D.

Teaching Faculty

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Curriculum vitae

Ethical consumerism

anti-sweatshop organizing

labor rights


  • Ph.D., Sociology, Virginia Tech, 2011
  • M.S., Sociology, Virginia Tech, 2006
  • B.S., Psychology, Virginia Tech, 2002 

Research Interests

  • Ethical consumerism
  • Anti-sweatshop organizing
  • Labor rights 

Select Publications

2023     Katz, Meredith A. “Who Knows Where the Money Goes? A Reflective Spending and Consumption Diary.” Teaching Sustainable Consumption, edited by J. Dyer, D. Fischer, J. King, M. Sahakian & G.Seyfang. Oxfordshire, UK: Routledge. 

2019     Katz, Meredith A. “Boycotting and Buycotting in Consumer Cultures: Political Consumerism in North America.” Pp. 515-537 in The Oxford Handbook on Political Consumerism edited by M. Boström, M. Micheletti, and P. Oosterveer.

2017    Katz, Meredith A. “’The Sweatshop Effect’: Consumer Activism and the Anti-sweatshop Movement on College Campuses.” Pp. 243-254 in Shopping for Change: The Possibilities and Pitfalls of Consumer Resistance edited by L. Hyman and J. Tohill. Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press and Toronto: Between the Lines Press.  

2017     Katz, Meredith A. and Helen V. Mays*. “Materialism.” Pp. 879-882 in The American Middle Class: An Economic Encyclopedia of Progress and Poverty edited and compiled by Robert Rycroft. Santa Barbara, California: Greenwood Press.


  • Sociology of Culture
  • Sociology of Consumption
  • Contemporary Theory
  • Public Sociology