Rutgers Research Fellow Profiles

The 2017-2018 Rutgers Research Fellows

Paige Ouimet, Associate Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.






The 2016-2017 Rutgers Research Fellows

Maria ArmoudianMaria Armoudian, Assistant Professor, University of Auckland-New Zealand.  (Ph.D. University of Southern California, Department of Political Science and International Relations.)  Research Topic:  The effects of worker cooperatives and B Corporations as long-term business models on sustainability, civic engagement, trust, and civility.  Methodology: Constructing and analyzing a state-by-state U.S. dataset.



Evan Caspar-Futterman

Evan Caspar-Futterman, Ph.D., Rutgers University, Bloustein School of Urban Planning and Public Policy.  Research Topic:  The problem of scale in economic democracy.  Methodology: Theoretical paper and case study of the Bronx Cooperative Development Initiative (BCDI).




Fidan KurtulusFidan Ana Kurtulus, Rutgers Senior Fellow, Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts-Amherst and Wertheim Fellow, Harvard Law School.  Research Topic: Developing a National Science Foundation proposal for the economic study of Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs).  Methodology:  Development of a research plan leading to a multi-year grant proposal.




Christopher Michael

Christopher Michael, Ph.D. candidate, City University of New York, Department of Political Science.  (J.D., CUNY Law School)  Research Topic:  A history of employee ownership in the United States.  Methodology: Historical research.

Stephen Sullivan

Stephen Sullivan, Ph.D., Columbia University Department of History.  Research Topic:  Worker ownership in nineteenth century New York City.  Methodology: Historical research.




The 2012-2013 Rutgers Research Fellows


Alex BrysonAlex Bryson, a Rutgers Research Fellow, who is studying employee stock ownership, employee attitudes, employee behavior, and firm performance.  He is a Research Fellow at the London School of Economics Centre for Economic Performance and a Senior Research Fellow at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research in the United Kingdom with a M.Sc. in industrial relations from the London School of Economics.


Richard LongRichard Long, a Rutgers Research Fellow, is working on an analysis of firm performance, worker earnings, and firm stability from the largest longitudinal dataset on employee ownership in North America.  He is a Professor and head of the University of Saskatchewan Edwards Business School Department of Human Resources and Organizational Behavior and the Hanlon Scholar in International Business with a Ph.D. from the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations.



Amy LymanAmy Lyman, a Rutgers Research Fellow, is examining the role of employee ownership and profit sharing in the corporations that participate in the competition for Fortune’s 100 Best Company to Work For list. She is the co-founder of The Great Place to Work Institute in San Francisco that has conducted the research to produce the list and has served as its Research Director.  She received a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in the education, culture, and society program.


Marco CaramelliMarco Caramelli, a Rutgers Research Fellow, is studying employee stock ownership, job attitudes, firm performance, and culture in large multinational corporations.  He is an Associate Professor at the INSEEC Paris Business School with a doctorate in human resource management from the University of Montpellier.


The 2011-2012 Rutgers Research Fellows

Dustin Avent-Holt

Dustin Avent-Holt, Rutgers Research Fellow, Ph.D. candidate, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Sociology. Wage and stock-based income in the deregulated U.S. airline industry*




Daphne Berry, Rutgers Research Fellow, Ph.D. candidate (management and organization studies), University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Isenberg School of Management. Berry is studying employee stock ownership in a worker-owned home health care company in the Bronx, New York.*




Francesco Bova

Francesco Bova, Rutgers Research Fellow, Assistant Professor of Accounting, University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management. Bova is studying employee ownership in the United States, unionized public companies, and corporate disclosure.*




Yuan Jiang

 Yuan Jiang, Rutgers Research Fellow, Assistant Professor of Organizational Leadership at Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne. Jiang will consider the relationships among various forms of employee ownership programs and employees’ cooperative behaviors to achieve team and company goals.*




Nien_Chi LiuNien-Chi Liu, Sabbatical Visiting Scholar and Rutgers Research Fellow, Associate Professor and Director of the Graduate Institute of Human Resource Management at the National Central University in Taiwan. Liu will investigate broad-based stock incentives and corporate performance and governance.***


Tricia McTague, Rutgers Research Fellow, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Missouri State University. McTague will investigate the role of equity and profit sharing in the labor relations of low-wage retail workers.****



Phillip Melizzo

Phillip Melizzo, Rutgers Research Fellow, Ph.D. candidate (economics), University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Melizzo will conduct a laboratory study of workplace governance practices and employee asset ownership distributions.*





Joan Meyers

Joan S. M. Meyers, Rutgers Research Fellow, Postdoctoral Associate, Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations, Labor and Employment Relations Department. The study of worker cooperatives in the United States.****




Erik Poutsma

Erik Poutsma, Sabbatical Visiting Scholar and Rutgers Research Fellow, Associate Professor of Labor Relations, Department of Business Administration, Nijmegen School of Management, Radboud Nijmegan University, The Netherlands. Financial participation and employee participation in companies in European Union countries.***



Ajnesh PrasadAjnesh Prasad, Rutgers Research Fellow, Ph.D. candidate (organizational behavior and industrial relations), Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto. Prasad will delve into the relationship between organizations' employee ownership plans and their level of engagement with corporate social responsibility.*




Bonnie RichleyBonnie Richley, Rutgers Research Fellow, Adjunct Professor, Organizational Behavior, Case Western Reserve University, Weatherford School of Management. Richley is studying the implication of the Mondragon Cooperative Group for economic development in the United States.**



Peter Thompson

Peter Thompson, Rutgers Research Fellow, Assistant Clinical Professor, College of Business Administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago, will perform an innovative laboratory behavioral economics study of employee ownership.*





Robert Van der Waag, Rutgers Research Fellow, Assistant Professor, Theology, Marymount  University and Fellow at the Georgetown University Berkleley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs.  Van der Waag has a doctorate in theology from Duquesne University and will look at the role of broad-based property rights in Catholic social teaching.*


Natasha van der Zwan

Natasha van der Zwan,Rutgers Research Fellow, Visiting Professor of Political Science, Wake Forest University.  Van der Zwan is investigating capital stewardship in the steel industry through employee ownership and other ownership strategies.*  She has a PHd. in political science from the New School University.



Vernon WoodleyVernon Woodley, Rutgers Research Fellow, Ph.D. candidate (sociology), University of Iowa. Woodley will investigate self-managed teams and the distribution of rewards in a Fortune 500 global corporation.*



*With the support of The Employee Ownership Foundation

**With the support of the Foundation for Enterprise Development

***Sabbatical support from the scholar’s home University

****With the support of Rutgers University SMLR.