I study corporate ownership, organizational change, and worker mobility. My areas are organizational theory and strategic management; human capital and social inequality; and corporate governance, venture capital, and private equity. I develop organizational theory on how boardroom dynamics impact workers’ everyday lives.
In my job market paper, I study how private equity leveraged buyouts impact workers, using confidential U.S. Census data from 1995 to 2022. I distinguish resource rechanneling, in which organizations shunt resources toward owners at the expense of workers, from managerial upgrading, in which organizations improve operations in a way that magnifies the earnings of higher-educated workers. Linking corporate control and business sustainability, I argue that we must understand the structure of acquired organizations to explain how owners impact workers.
I completed a PhD in Sociology with an MA in Statistics at the University of Michigan in August 2022. I then began a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the MIT Sloan School of Management in the Work & Organization Studies group, continuing my work with Professor Nathan Wilmers on research funded by the Urban Institute WorkRise program and the MIT Work of the Future Initiative. I am on the academic job market to start in fall 2024.