The Institute for the Study of Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing is pleased to announce our 2022-2023 cohort of Fellows.

This year's cohort includes more than 30 individuals from across the country and the world, all of whom are making serious and substantial contributions toward the academic research and policy conversations in the field of employee ownership and profit sharing. We are delighted to have them join the ranks of our Fellows and look forward to their continued scholarship and participation in the fellowship program—and in the global community of Fellows that constitutes our Institute.


Dr. Rina Agarwala, Johns Hopkins University, Kendeda Fellowship 

  • Present Position: Associate Professor, Department of Sociology 
  • Topic: Employee ownership and empowerment in the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SAWA) cooperatives in India 
     

Yifat Aran, University of Haifa School of Law, Institute Fellowship 

  • Present Position:  Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law 
  • Topic:  How start-up employees think about equity compensation? 
     

Dr. Filippo Belloc, University of Siena (Italy), Nachson and Arieh Mimran Fellowship 

  • Present Position: Professor of Economic Policy, Department of Economics and Statistics 
  • Topic: Hierarchical control under profit sharing programs in the Italian Longitudinal Company Database on Labor (RIL-INAPP) 
     

Dr. Tanya Smith Brice, Council on Social Work Education, Kendeda Fellowship 

  • Present Position:  Vice President 
  • Topic: Employee Share Ownership Programs as a tool to close the racial wealth gap 
     

Adriane Clomax, University of Southern California, Kendeda Fellowship 

  • Present Position: Ph.D. candidate, Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work 
  • Topic:  How workers of color are faring in ESOP jobs? How do HR social networks affect the applicant pool's diversity?
     

James De Le Vigne, B.A., Nottingham Trent University, Executive Fellow 

  • Present Position: Chief Executive Officer, Employee Ownership Association (EOA) of the UK; Board member of Ownership at Work, the UK’s new think tank on employee ownership. 
  • Topic: Evaluation of the function and performance of UK employee-owned firms 
     

David Finegold, Senior Fellow  

  • Experience:  President, Chatham University 
  • Topic:  Development of the Pittsburgh-wide initiative on employee ownership conversions, research on the initiative, and the Western Pennsylvania Employee Ownership Center based at Chatham University 
     

Matthew Fisher-Post, Paris School of Economics, Institute Fellowship 

  • Present Position: Ph.D. candidate, Paris School of Economics; Research Fellow and Coordinator of the World Inequality Lab, Paris School of Economics; Research Fellow, Center for International Development, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University 
  • Topic:  Do firms with a higher labor share (or employees in a more equal income distribution) perform better? 
     

Dr. Fred Freundlich, Mondragon University (Spain), Kendeda Fellowship 

  • Present Position: Professor, Faculty of Business & Faculty of Humanities and Education 
  • Topic: The effects of shared ownership education on employee-owners in the employee-owned Mondragon cooperatives   
     

Dr. Mark Hand, University of Texas at Austin, Institute Fellowship and Corey Rosen Fellowship 

  • Present Position:  Research Associate, University of Texas at Austin 
  • Topic: Early research and data-gathering on Employee Ownership Trusts 
     

Jayasri (Joyce) Hart, Executive Fellow

  • Experience: Filmmaker 
  • Topic:  Researching the film. OWN IT!: Louis O. Kelso’s Macroeconomic Fix for presentation in the Public Broadcasting System for the sponsors Women Make Movies and Northern California Public Media (a PBS station)   
     

Renee C. Hatcher, University of Illinois at Chicago, Kendeda Fellowship 

  • Present Position:  Assistant Professor of Law and Director, Solidarity Economy Ticket 
  • Topic:  Analyzing and reimagining the legal Infrastructure for worker cooperatives in the United States, the Law of Solidarity 
     

Molly Hemstreet, BA in Spanish and Latin American Studies, Duke University, Executive Fellow 

  • Present Position: She is the Co- Executive Director of the Industrial Commons which is promoting worker ownership in North Carolina.  She also founded Opportunity Threads a worker owned textile factory that is revivifying textile manufacturing.  
  • Topic:  Local economic development and worker ownership.   
     

Denise Kasparian, University of Buenos Aires, Kendeda Fellowship  

  • Present Position:  Assistant Professor of Sociology of Social and Solidarity Economy, Faculty of Social Sciences 
  • Topic:  Social empowerment in the economy within worker cooperatives of platform cooperativism    
     

Esteban Kelly, B.S., Political Ecology and Global Development from the University of California, Berkeley; former Adjunct Professor, Hunter College.  Executive Fellow  

  • Present Position: Executive Director, United States Federation of Worker Cooperatives 
  • Topic: The development of worker cooperatives in the United States 
     

Jungook Kim, Rutgers University SMLR, Employee Ownership Foundation Louis O. Kelso Fellowship  

  • Present Position: (position during fellowship January 2023-June 2023), Assistant Professor, Chatham University 
  • Topic: Continuation of the monthly brief research studies for the Employee Ownership Foundation and the Institute’s web site​
     

Kyoung Yong Kim, Villanova University, Employee Ownership Foundation Louis O. Kelso Fellowship  

  • Present Position: Assistant Professor, Villanova University, Villanova School of Business 
  • Topic: Are higher-quality employees more or less attracted to firms with employee ownership plans?
     

Dr. Felice Klein, Boise State University, J. Robert Beyster Fellowship 

  • Present Position:  Assistant Professor, College of Business and Economics 
  • Topic: Gender, race, and employee equity awards 
     

Dr. Fabio Landini, University of Parma, Nachson and Arieh Mimran Fellowship 

  • Present Position:  Professor of Applied Economics 
  • Topic: Hierarchical Control under Profit Sharing Scheme in the Italian Longitudinal Database on Labor (RIL-INAPP)   
     

Alison Lingane, Executive Fellow  

  • Experience: Founder of the non-profit, Project Equity 
  • Topic:  Buyouts of retiring business owners using employee ownership   
     

Dr. Jens Lowitzsch, Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder), Faculty Fellow and Mentor of the Institute 

  • Present Position: Kelso Professor of Comparative Law, East European Business Law and European Legal Policy at Europeanea-University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder); Managing Director of the Kelso Institute Europe at Berlin 
  • Topic: Analysis of the actual new Renewable Energy Communities in Germany and across the EU 27 that represent hybrid worker-consumer cooperatives in sustainable energy as part of EU energy policy with pilot projects in the Czech Republic, Italy, Germany and Poland and Follower Cities in Croatia, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Italy and the Czech Republic. He is also currently updating a screening of EFP across the EU 27.
     

Dr. Christopher Mackin, Harvard Labor and Worklife Program, Harvard Law School, Ray Carey Fellowship 

  • Present Position: Program Faculty 
  • Topic:  Analysis of credit enhancement and government guarantee policies to develop employee ownership of companies   
     

Campbell McDonald, Ownership at Work, UK, Executive Fellow 

  • Present Position: Chief Executive Officer, Ownership at Work (OAW), UK’s new think tank on employee ownership 
  • Topic: Evaluation of the function and performance of UK employee-owned firms   
     

Dr. Cian McMahon, St. Mary’s University (Halifax). Patrick J. McGovern Fellowship 

  • Present Position:  Postdoctoral Research Fellow, International Center for Co-Operative Management (ICCM) 
  • Topic: What is the role for labor unions in governing worker cooperatives?   
     

Jack Moriarty, Ownership America, Institute Policy Analysis Fellowship 

  • Present Position: Founder and Executive Director 
  • Topic: Policy Analysis of Employee Ownership Legislative Initiatives 
     

Eve O’Connor, Harvard University, Institute Fellowship 

  • Present Position: Ph.D. candidate, American Studies 
  • Topic:  Why cooperatives thrived in the early twentieth-century United States?   
     

Simon Pek, Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria, Social Capital Partners Fellowship

  • Present Position: Assistant Professor, Sustainability and Organization Theory, Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria 
  • Topic: Case studies of ESOP-like employee-owned firms in Canada
     

Sarah Reibstein, Princeton University, Institute Fellowship 

  • ​Present Position: Ph.D. candidate, Department of Sociology 
  • Topic:  A sociological case study of the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend    
     

Andrew Robinson, Leeds University Business School, Faculty Fellow and Mentor of the Institute 

  • Present Position:  Professor of Accounting and Performance, Leeds University Business School; One of the three Project Leads at the White Rose Employee Ownership Center set up by the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield, and York; Academic advisor on the UK’s new research institute, Ownership at Work 
  • Topic:  Performance of employee-owned firms   
     

Adria Scharf, Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations, Institute Fellowship and Employee Ownership Foundation Louis O. Kelso Fellowship  

  • Present Position: Adjunct Lecturer, Human Resource Management; Director of Education and Collaboration and Project Director, Curriculum Library for Employee Ownership (CLEO), and J Robert Beyster Fellow, Institute for the Study of Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing, Rutgers SMLR 
  • Topic: Case studies of ESOP firms 
     

Aquilina Soriano, Graduate of UCLA in Asian Studies, Executive Fellow 

  • Present Position: Executive Director of the Pilipino Worker's Center, a resource and advocacy organization that empowers the Filipino community in Southern California  
  • Topic: Home care worker cooperatives     
     

Dr. Valerie Whitcomb, Salisbury University School of Business, Employee Ownership Foundation Louis O. Kelso Fellowship  

  • Present Position:  Instructor, Perdue School of Business, Salisbury University 
  • Topic:  Case studies of ESOP companies    
     

Nancy Wiefek, National Center for Employee Ownership, Joseph Cabral Distinguished Scholar and Fellow (second year of a two-year fellowship)

  • Present Position: Research Director 
  • Topic: The impact of ESOPs on employees   
     

Trevor Young-Hyman, University of Pittsburgh, Employee Ownership Foundation Louis O. Kelso Fellowship 

  • Present Position:  Assistant Professor, Katz School of Business 
  • Topic: The decision-making process of retiring business owners in considering an ESOP or a worker coop