Area(s) of Interest
Financialization, Labor, the Welfare State, Economic Sociology, Global Capitalism
The Politics of Labor in Pensions: An Inquiry into “Labor’s Capital.”
Financialization has eroded labor conditions across the world while it has made workers many of the world’s largest shareholders within their pensions. Can workers use this hand of cards to improve labor conditions as shareholders by wielding the investment clout of their pensions? My dissertation examines the shareholder activism and investments of institutional pensions within public corporations and private equity firms to unearth the hidden and unsuspecting relationships labor has with finance in 21st century capitalism.