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.
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.