The 2013-2014 Fellow

Ariana R. LevinsonAriana R. Levinson, the Michael W. Huber Fellow, is conducting a case study of the Cincinnati Union Co-op Initiative’s initial formation, using social movement theory as a lens, and focusing on the need for and availability of legal services. The research will explore the social setting for the initiative, whether those involved were familiar with worker co-ops before the initiative, whether other groups or organizations were involved at the inception of the initiative, whether those involved had a history of working together on other projects, who the leaders were and whether they relied on social networks to involve others, what resources were available, and whether they relied on government support. The study will focus on the points in the process at which legal questions arose, whether the founders were able to obtain legal services, if so, how, and the implications for the development of worker cooperatives. She is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law.

The 2012-2013 Fellow

Joan Meyers

Joan Meyers, the Michael W. Huber Fellow, is exploring how organizational structure and culture in worker cooperatives can minimize social inequalities in the workplace using a study of two large worker cooperatives. She is a Postdoctoral Associate at the Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations with a Ph.D. from the University of California-Davis in sociology.

The 2011-2012 Fellows

Mark Kaswan

Mark Kaswan, a Michael W. Huber Fellow, is looking at the interrelationship between the dynamics of democracy and the implementation of democratic practices within employee-owned firms. He has a doctorate in political science from the University of California at Los Angeles. Mark is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Texas at Brownsville specializing in political theory.

Fidan Ana Kurtulus

Fidan Ana Kurtulus, a Michael W. Huber Fellow, is studying ESOPs and employment stability and survival using the U.S. Department of Labor and Standard & Poor’s data. She is an assistant professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a doctorate in economics from Cornell University.

The 2010-2011 Fellow

Joe HsuehJoe Hsueh, a Michael W. Huber Fellow, has been conducting research on the dynamics of shared capitalism policies in clean technology start-ups. He has created a systems dynamics flight simulator for use on desktop and laptop computers which allows students and professionals to simulate the creation and development of a start-up company by demonstrating many of the interactive decisions about shared capitalism and human resource management practices. Hsush has also held the Beyster Fellowship at SMLR. He just received his doctorate in System Dynamics from the MIT Sloan School of Management.