THE LOUIS O. KELSO FELLOWS FOR 2013-2014
Kyongji Han is researching how individual workers respond to aspects of their Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) and how this response relates to team performance using a newly designed survey of an S corporation ESOP. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers University and has been appointed an Assistant Professor in the Labovitz School of Business and Economics at the University of Minnesota at Duluth starting in the Fall of 2013.
Tom Malleson is studying the kinds of economic arrangements that would successfully institutionalize political philosopher John Rawl's concept of a "property-owning democracy" and create broad-based citizen capital ownership using a literature review and qualitative analysis. He is a Lecturer in the University of Toronto Department of Political Science with a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in Political Theory.
Tricia McTague is examining the experience of workers and managers in the seventy-five unionized Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) Homeland Food Stores in Oklahoma and Texas in order to understand the relevance of employee ownership to unionized workers. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan with a Ph.D. in Sociology from North Carolina State University.
Molly Noble is examining how firms access financing in industries where employee ownership is prevalent, including Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPS) and what the role of financing is in different types of employee ownership arrangements using interviews and surveys. She is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin.
Stephen H. Wagner is researching the effects of changes in the market value of Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) on the mental health of worker owners using the University of Michigan-designed U.S. Government Health and Retirement Study data. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Management at Governors State University College of Business and Public Administration in University Park, Michigan with a Ph.D. in Organizational and Industrial Psychology from Northern Illinois University.
THE LOUIS O. KELSO FELLOWS FOR 2012-2013
George Edward Cheney, a Louis O. Kelso Fellow, is evaluating the best practices to develop a worker ownership culture using worker orientations, training, human resource management practices and corporate communications collaborating with the Ohio Employee Ownership Center and with several local and regional projects in diverse areas of the U.S. He is a Professor at the Kent State University School of Communication Studies and Coordinator of Doctoral Studies and Interdisciplinary Research in Communication and Information with a PhD. from Purdue University in communications.
Kyle Farmbry, a Louis O. Kelso Fellow, is seeking to understand the legal barriers to the further growth and development of broad-based Employee Stock Ownership Plans and the relevance of ESOPs to poverty alleviation and wealth creation for citizens. He is an Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Programsat the Rutgers University School of Public Affairs and Administration and a Juris Doctorate candidate at the Rutgers University School of Law with a PhD. from George Washington University in Public Administration.
Andy Kim, a Louis O. Kelso Fellow, will survey how employees’ views about their company’s Employee Stock Ownership Plan affects their attitudes and behaviors. He is a PhD. candidate in the Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations Program in Industrial Relations and Human Resources.
Sanjay Joseph Pinto, a Louis O. Kelso Fellow, will conduct a study about the orientation of union decision-makers in the United States towards employee stock ownership. He is a PhD. candidate in the Harvard University Program in sociology and social policy.
Richard Simpson, a Louis O. Kelso Fellow, is examining Leland Stanford’s legislative support of worker ownership and theory of education as a way of overcoming the central conflict of industrial capitalism in the late nineteenth century. He is a lecturer in English at the University of Miami with a doctorate in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University.
Jacquelyn Yates, a Louis O. Kelso Fellow, is developing a survey of one of the largest networks of firms with Employee Stock Ownership Plans in the United States, namely, in the State of Ohio as part of an ongoing longitudinal study of ESOP structure, ESOP and company governance, and management practices with in cooperation with the staff of the Ohio Employee Ownership Center. She is an Associate Professor Emerita at the Kent State University Department of Political Science with a PhD. in political science from the University of Pittsburgh.
THE LOUIS O. KELSO FELLOWS FOR 2011-2012
Dustin Avent-Holt, a Louis O. Kelso Fellow, is studying wage and stock-based income in the deregulated U.S. airline industry. He is a PhD. candidate in sociology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Francesco Bova, a Louis O. Kelso Fellow, is examining the effect of employee ownership such as ESOPs on improving a firm's transparency with its employees and the market in general. He is an assistant professor of accounting at the University of Toronto Rotman School of Management with a doctorate in accounting from Yale University.
Adam Cobb, a Louis O. Kelso Fellow, is analyzing the role played by power differences between owners, managers and employees in determining how the corporate-based retirement system emerged and has evolved. He will be an assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Finance in the fall and has a doctorate in management and organizations from the University of Michigan.
Phillip Melizzo, a Louis O. Kelso Fellow, is using experimental laboratory methods to help isolate and explore any independent and complementary motivational effects of employee ownership and participation in decision-making. He is an assistant professor of economics at the College of Wooster and has a doctorate in economics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Trevor Young-Hyman, a Louis O. Kelso Fellow, is researching worker ownership, ESOPs, and innovation in automated manufacturing in the Midwestern United States. He is a PhD. candidate in sociology at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.