Christopher Michael

Christopher Michael

  • Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, Labor Studies and Employment Relations (LSER)
  • Senior Director, Institute for the Study of Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing
Labor Education Center, 50 Labor Center Way, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8520

Ph.D., Political Science, The Graduate Center, CUNY

J.D., CUNY School of Law

B.A., English, Columbia University

Curriculum Vitae - CV (PDF)

  • Labor history
  • Labor and employment law
  • Community economic development
  • American politics
  • Public policy

Christopher Michael is currently writing a book on the history of employee-owned businesses in the United States. In 2018, he published an article in the American Bar Association’s Probate & Property introducing a new approach to employee ownership in the U.S. In 2015, he published an article in Tax Notes, the nation’s top-cited peer-reviewed tax law journal, titled “Grantor Trusts: A Path to Employee Ownership.” The latter article was reprinted as the first chapter of the New York University Review of Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation (2016). In 2020, Temple Press is scheduled to publish his paper on employee ownership as a community economic development strategy as the final chapter of a volume titled. Immigrant Crossroads. Michael is also finishing a law review article arguing for reform of state employee ownership laws that includes his proposal for a new model state law.

Prior to joining Rutgers, Michael was director of employee ownership at the Newark Community Economic Development Corporation, the primary economic development agency for the city of Newark, NJ. Previously, he founded the New York City and State business associations for employee-owned firms, and served as policy director and general counsel to the oldest U.S. nonprofit dedicated to employee ownership. Chris is admitted to the bar in New York, New Jersey, District of Columbia, Minnesota, and North Dakota.