Meredith Katz, Ph.D.

Teaching Faculty
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PhD (Virginia Tech)


Labor, Consumerism, Media and Culture, Social Movements, Public Sociology


My teaching, research, and service interests focus on nuanced forms of political and public participation within the context of consumer cultures. In particular, I am interested in the unconventional ways consumers leverage power to enact social change. I examine political and ethical consumerism as alternative forms of political action in a globalized world. I have been actively involved in the anti-sweatshop movement since 2007, and currently serve as the faculty advisor for United Students Against Sweatshops-VCU, Local 804.


Select Publications

Forthcoming. Katz, Meredith A. “Political Consumerism in North America.” The Oxford Handbook on Political Consumerism edited and compiled by Michele Micheletti, Magnus Boström, and Peter Oosterveer. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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

2017. Katz, Meredith A. and Helen V. Mays. “Materialism and the Middle Class” in The American Middle Class: An Economic Encyclopedia of Progress and Poverty edited and compiled by Robert Rycroft. Santa Barbara, California: Greenwood Publishing Group.

2015. Wimberley, Dale, Katz, Meredith A., and John Paul Mason. “Mobilization, Strategy, and Global Production Networks: Advantages for Student Anti- sweatshop Activism.” Societies Without Borders 10:1.


2014. Katz, Meredith A. “Citizens’ Rights in a Globalized World.” Pp. 138-139 in The Encyclopedia for Diversity and Social Justice edited and compiled by Sherwood Thompson. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

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