Dr. Robert N. Mayer is a professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Studies at the University of Utah. He earned his PhD in sociology from the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Mayer’s research has exposed consumer problems, evaluated consumer policy interventions, and examined the U.S. and global consumer movements. In 2013, Dr. Mayer published (with Larry Kirsch) Financial Justice: The People’s Campaign to End Lender Abuse (Praeger, 2013) – an analysis of how the landmark Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was established in the U.S. In 2015, he co-edited (with Stephen Brobeck) Watchdogs and Whistleblowers, a research guide to consumer activism worldwide. Dr. Mayer has won a number of teaching awards at the University of Utah, the most recent of which was the Honors College Professorship (2013-14). Dr. Mayer has been a board member of several consumer organizations, including the Consumer Federation of America and National Consumers League, and he was the representative to Consumers International of the American Council on Consumer Interests.

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