University of Massachusetts Amherst


Associate Professor of Economics
University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass)

Wertheim Fellow
Harvard Law School (HLS)

Research Fellow
Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Research Coordinator
LERA Employment Policy Research Network (EPRN)


Curriculum Vitae

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Ph.D. in Economics, January 2008
Dissertation Title: "The Organization of Workers within Firms"
The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
B.A. in Economics with Departmental and General Honors, June 2000
Honors Thesis: "Substitution Effects and the Growth in Fertility in the United States: 1936-1957"
Suncoast Magnet High School, Riviera Beach, FL
Diploma, June 1996

My research explores a number of topics in labor economics, including the organization of workers within firms, participatory workplace practices and employee ownership, the causes and consequences of workplace diversity, and the long-term effects of affirmative action legislation on the U.S. employment landscape since the Civil Rights Movement.

Early Career Research Award, Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, 2012
Michael W. Huber Fellowship, 2011
Chancellor's Junior Faculty Fellow, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2010
J. Robert Beyster Fellowship, 2009

National Science Foundation, "Building Equal Employment Opportunity Research and Data Capacity (co-PI, with Don Tomaskovic-Devey and M.V. Lee Badgett), 2013-2016.
Upjohn Institue for Employment Research, "Employee Ownership and Employment Stability During the Great Recession" (co-PI, with Doug Kruse), 2012-2014.
Healey Endowment Grant, "Measuring the Impact of Affirmative Action on the Employment and Occupational Advancement of Minorities and Women in the United States: A Historical Perspective" (PI), 2012-2013.

"The Impact of Affirmative Action on the Employment of Women and Minorities Over Three Decades: 1973-2003", July 2010, Revise and Resubmit.
"An Empirical Analysis of Risk, Incentives and the Delegation of Worker Authority" (with Jed L. DeVaro), Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Vol. 63, No. 4 (July 2010), pp. 641-661.
"What Types of Diversity Benefit Workers? Empirical Evidence on the Effects of Co-Worker Dissimilarity on the Performance of Employees", Industrial Relations, Vol. 50, No. 4 (October 2011), pp. 678-712.
"Worker Attitudes Towards Employee Ownership, Profit Sharing and Variable Pay" (with Douglas Kruse and Joseph Blasi), Advances in the Economic Analysis of Participatory and Labor Managed Firms, Volume 12, 2011, pp. 143-168.

"Affirmative Action and the Occupational Advancement of Minorities and Women During 1973-2003"
, Industrial Relations, Vol. 51, No. 2 (April 2012), pp.213-246.

"Do Women Managers Help Women Advance? A Panel Study Using EEO-1 Records" (with Don Tomaskovic-Devey), Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Vol. 639, No. 1 (January 2012), pp. 173-197.
"Risk Preferences, Compensation Risk, and Worker Outcomes" (with Douglas Kruse and Joseph Blasi), 2011 Annual LERA Research Volume: Employee Ownership and Shared Capitalism: New Directions and Debates for the 21st Century,Cornell University ILR Press, 2011, pp. 147-176.

"What Types of Organizations Benefit from Team Production, and How Do They Benefit?" (with Jed L. DeVaro), Advances in the Economic Analysis of Participatory and Labor Managed Firms, Volume 9, 2006, pp. 3-56 (lead article).
"How Did Employee Ownership Firms Weather the Last Two Recessions? Employee Ownership and Employment Stability" (with Douglas Kruse), July 2013.
"The Impact of Eliminating Affirmative Action on Minority and Female Employment and Occupational Representation: A Natural Experiment Approach Using State-level Affirmative Action Ban Laws", June 2013.

Department of Economics, Boston University, Boston, MA
Visiting Scholar, September 2014 - December 2014
Department of Economics, University of Massachusetts
, Amherst, MA
Assistant Professor, September 2007- June 2013
School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University
, New Brunswick, NJ
J. Robert Beyster Fellow, September 2009 - May 2010
Department of Economics, Cornell University
, Ithaca, NY
Graduate Teaching Assistant to Professors Francine D. Blau, Robert M. Hutchens, Jed L. DeVaro, Jennifer Wissink, August 2003 - May 2007
International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, DC
Research Intern, Development Strategy and Governance Unit, July 2005 - August 2005
Department of Economics, Cornell University
, Ithaca, NY
Research Assistant to Professor Francine D. Blau, August 2002 - July 2005
Department of Economics, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Research Assistant to Professors Jed L. DeVaro and Michael Waldman, May 2004 - September 2004
U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Washington, DC
Research Economist, Branch of Information and Analysis, Division of Consumer Expenditure Surveys, February 2002 - July 2002
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Research Intern, Economic Research Division, June 1999 - August 1999
Department of Economics, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Research Assistant to Professor James J. Heckman, December 1998 - June 1999