Vitae

Christopher Michael

February 22, 2017

Department of Political Science
City University of New York
365 Fifth Avenue, Suite 5200
New York, NY 10016
P: (212) 678-2397
F: (212) 390-1602
cmichael@gc.cuny.edu
cmichael.ws.gc.cuny.edu


EDUCATION

City University of New York
JD/PhD Candidate, Politics
Foreign language exam: German (High Pass), 06/2010
First exams: Political Theory (major), 08/2010; Public Policy (minor), 01/2011
Specialization: Writing Politics
Law review: Member
Law degree earned: 01/2014 (admitted in NY, NJ, MN, ND, DC; in-house counsel MA)

Second exam: 05/2014
Doctorate expected: 09/2017

Columbia University
BA, English

 

DISSERTATION

“A History of Employee Ownership in the United States”
Committee: Frances Fox Piven (chair), Uday Singh Mehta, Joshua Freeman

 

TEACHING AND RESEARCH INTERESTS 

Teaching: Business associations, estates and trusts, labor law, contracts, employee benefits

Research: Employee ownership, trust law, labor history 

 

EXPERIENCE

Teaching

Adjunct Assistant Professor at Lehman College, 2016
Course: The American Political System

Adjunct Assistant Professor at York College, 2016
Course: Politics and Government in the United States

Adjunct Assistant Professor at CUNY Murphy Institute, 2015
Course: Special Topics – Worker Cooperatives

Adjunct Assistant Professor at Baruch College, 2014-15
Courses: Social Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship Management
Achievement: Student team won New York Business Plan Competition 2015

Adjunct Assistant Professor at Lehman College, 2014
Course: The American Political System

Adjunct Lecturer at York College, 2013
Course: Politics and Government in the United States

Teaching Assistant under Professor Paula Berg, CUNY Law School, 2013
Course: Torts

Research

Research Associate, Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations, 2016-17

Research Assistant under Honorable Jenny Rivera (former professor), CUNY Law School, 2012

 

GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS

Rutgers Research Fellowship, 2016-17

City University of New York Graduate Fellowship, 2010-17

The Center for Place, Culture and Politics Graduate Fellowship, 2015-16

CUNY Law School Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, 2014-15

Alfred D. Chandler, Jr. Travel Grant, 2015

Q. A. Shaw McKean, Jr. Fellowship in Democratic Capitalism, 2013-14

ARC Knickerbocker Award for Archival Research in American Studies, 2013

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

American Bar Association

American Political Science Association

Academy of Management

Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management

Business History Conference

Labor and Working-Class History Association

Association for Political Theory

Society for Business Ethics

 

PUBLICATIONS

Book Chapters

“Economic Democracy on the Expressway” in Ron Hayduk, Francois Pierre-Louis, Michael Krasner (eds.), Immigrant Crossroads: Globalization, Incorporation, and Placemaking in Queens, NY (under review at Temple Press)

Articles (Peer-Reviewed)

“The Employee Ownership Trust, an ESOP Alternative” in 31 Probate & Property 1: 42-47 (2017)

“Grantor Trusts: A Path to Employee Ownership” in 149 Tax Notes 2: 301-06 (2015); reprinted as Chapter 1 of New York University Review of Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation (Matthew Bender 2016)

Public Documents

ICA Model Bylaws for a Worker Cooperative, 4th Edition (The ICA Group 2015)

Worker Cooperatives (NYC Department of Small Business Services 2014)

Worker Cooperatives for New York City: A Vision for Addressing Income Inequality, co-authored with Noah Franklin, Chirag Bhatt, and Fangye Zhao (Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies 2014)

Working Papers

“Employee Ownership Law: A National Survey”

“Entrepreneurship and Employee Ownership”

“Unionization and Employee Ownership in the United States, Italy, Canada, and Argentina”

Book Reviews

Hannah Dobbz, Nine-Tenths of the Law: Property and Resistance in the United States in 16 Journal of Labor and Society 1: 173-75 (2013)

Commentary

“The British are Coming: Employee Ownership and the Perpetual Trust” (under review at Forbes)

“State Capital Gains Taxation in §1042 Transactions,” co-authored with Mary Beth Gray in 37 Employee Ownership Report 2: 1, 6-7 (2017)

“Worker Cooperatives and Perpetuity” in Grassroots Economic Organizing (2016)

“What is Worker Cooperative Development?” in Grassroots Economic Organizing (2015)

“Building Bridges: Economic Democracy and Cooperative Alliances” in Grassroots Economic Organizing (2015)

“Crowd Financing Worker Cooperatives: Lessons from the Workers Diner,” co-authored with William Cerf, in Grassroots Economic Organizing (2013)

Reviewer

Journal of Business Research, Journal of Labor and Society, Pluto Press

 

PRESENTATIONS AND INVITED LECTURES

Respondent for paper on “Employee Stock Ownership Plan Acquisitions” at Mid-Year Fellows Workshop in Honor of Louis O. Kelso, Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations, New Brunswick, NJ, January 2017

Presented talk on “Employee Ownership in the United States” to L’Institut Supérieur de Gestion American Business Management and Finance Course at CUNY Brooklyn College Graduate Center for Worker Education, New York, NY, July 2016

Presented paper on “The Employee Ownership Trust”; respondent on panel titled “Employee Ownership in the UK: What Does the Research Reveal and What Are the Policy Lessons?”; speaker on panel titled “The Role of State Legislation and States in Developing Worker Ownership” at The Beyster Symposium in partnership with Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations, La Jolla, CA, June 2016

Presented talk on “U.S. Employee Ownership Policy and the New York City Worker Cooperative Initiative” to Ministry of Social Development, Western Cape Government of South Africa at Rutgers University, Newark, NJ, April 2016

Respondent on panel titled “Studying New Forms of Organization: Initiating a Research Program on Employee Stock Ownership and Private Equity”; speaker on panel titled “Studying New Forms of Organization: How Investment Banking Realities Shape Worker Ownership Policies and Practice in Firms?” at Mid-Year Fellows Workshop in Honor of Louis O. Kelso, Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations, New Brunswick, NJ, January 2016

Presented paper on “Entrepreneurship and Economic Democracy” at American Political Science Association Conference, Washington, DC, August 2014; presented at Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Vancouver, CA, August 2015

Presented paper on “Workers, Entrepreneurs, and Knights: Workplace Democracy and the Collective Action Problem” at joint meeting of the Business History Conference and the European Business History Association, Miami, FL, June 2015

Speaker on panel titled “Municipal Initiatives on Worker Ownership” at The Beyster Symposium, Rady School of Management, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA, June 2015

Presented paper on “Pure Cooperation and Profit Sharing: The Meaning and Practice of Workplace Democracy in the Era of the Knights of Labor” at Midwestern Political Science Association Conference, Chicago, IL, April 2015

Presented talk on “Workplace Democracy and Universities” at CUNY Queens College, New York, NY, April 2015

Discussant on panel titled “What Would It Take For Worker Cooperatives to Rapidly Develop in the United States and Are These Conditions Realistic?” at Mid-Year Fellows Workshop in Honor of Louis O. Kelso, Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations, New Brunswick, NJ, January 2015

Presented talk on “Leadership and Social Change” at CUNY Brooklyn College, New York, NY, October 2014

Presented talk on “Theory and Practice of Employee Ownership” at CUNY Law School, New York, NY, October 2014

Presented paper on “Unionized Worker Cooperatives: A Global Perspective” at Northeastern Political Science Association Conference, Philadelphia, PA, November 2013; accepted to present at Southern Political Science Association Conference, New Orleans, LA, January 2014; presented at Midwestern Political Science Association Conference, Chicago, IL, April 2014; presented at New York State Political Science Association Conference, New York, NY, April 2014; accepted to present at International Association for the Economics of Participation, Montevideo, Uruguay, July 2014

Presented talk on “Leading Without Leaders: The Mondragon Cooperative Corporation” at The New School, New York, NY, May 2014

Presented paper on “Latin American Worker Cooperatives en Nueva York” at Latin American Studies Association Conference, Chicago, IL, May 2014

Presented talk on “Cooperative Economic Alternatives” at CUNY Hunter College School of Social Work, New York, NY, May 2012

Presented talk on “Direct Public Offerings and Community Ownership” at Fordham Law Community Economic Development Clinic, New York, NY, March 2012

  

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

Interviewed for “Harlem Beat” radio program on WHCR, New York, NY, December 2016

Interviewed by Laura Flanders on WBAI, New York, NY, May 2016

Presented talk on “Employee Ownership: Lessons & Experiences” to Swedish Parliament Committee on the Labor Market, New York, NY, February 2016

Presented talk on “Buffalo Economic Development and Employee Ownership” with New York Assembly Member Sean Ryan, Buffalo, NY, November 2015

Presented talk on “Employee Ownership Successions” to Swedish Parliament Committee on Industry and Trade, New York, NY, September 2015

Organized 2nd Annual NYC Worker Cooperative Conference, New York, NY, May 2015

Testified at public hearing on New York City Council Fiscal Year 2016 Preliminary Budget before Committee on Community Development and Committee on Youth Services, New York City Council, New York, NY, March 2015

Chaired panel on “Who Are the True Heirs of the American Revolution? Workplace Democracy and America’s First Principles” at Mid-Year Fellows Workshop in Honor of Louis O. Kelso, Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations, New Brunswick, NJ, January 2015

Testified at public hearing on local law (Int. No. 423) before Committee on Community Development, New York City Council, New York, NY, October 2014

Organized 1st Annual NYC Worker Cooperative Conference, New York, NY, June 2014

Interviewed for GRITtv with Laura Flanders, New York, NY, March 2014

Testified at public hearing titled “Worker Cooperatives: Is This a Model That Can Lift Families Out of Poverty?” before Committee on Community Development, New York City Council, New York, NY, February 2014

Speaker at Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies policy forum, New York, NY, January 2014

Chaired panel on “Employee Ownership and the Mentality of Socialism” at Mid-Year Fellows Workshop in Honor of Louis O. Kelso, Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations, New Brunswick, NJ, January 2014

Interviewed for “Harlem Beat” radio program on WHCR, New York, NY, December 2013

Presented talk on the “Worker Cooperative Federal Credit Union” at Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy 2013, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, July 2013

Convened panels on “Worker Control and Community Councils in Latin America,” “Organizing Workers Along the Food Chain,” “Labor, Human Rights and the Media: the ILO Transit Workers Decision,” “Domestic Workers and Workers’ Control in New York City,” “The Need for Cooperative Education,” and “The Erosion of Labor Law and Worker Insurgency against Capital’s Offensive” at Labor and Working-Class History Association Conference 2013, CUNY Brooklyn College Graduate Center for Worker Education, New York, NY, June 2013

Chaired panel on “A New Front for Labor: Unionized Worker Cooperatives” at Left Forum 2013, Pace University, New York, NY, June 2013

Presented webinar on “Worker Ownership and Direct Public Offerings” for Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, New York, NY, August 2012

Speaker on panel titled “Worker Cooperatives: Building a Solidarity Economy”; chaired panel on “Workers’ Cooperatives: the International Context” at Left Forum 2012, Pace University, New York, NY, March 2012

Interviewed for radio program titled “Locavesting: Investing in the “Backbone” of the American Economy” on WNPR, Hartford, CT, February 2012

Speaker on panel titled “Financing the Launch and Growth of Worker-Owned Businesses” at Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy 2011, University of Maryland at Baltimore, Baltimore, MD, July 2011

Co-organized the City University of New York Political Science Graduate Student Conference, CUNY Graduate Center, New York, NY, December 2010

Speaker on panel titled “Creative Financing for Your Worker Cooperative” at National Worker Cooperative Conference 2010, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, August 2010

 

LANGUAGES

German, Advanced, Study at Volkshochschule Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, Berlin, 2003-05

Spanish, Advanced

Haitian Creole, Beginner

 

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Editorial Board, Journal of Labor and Society, 2013-17

Board Director, CUNY Economic Democracy Project, 2014-15

Elections Committee, Department of Political Science, 2014-15

Conference Planning Committee, Labor and Working-Class History Association, 2013

At-Large Representative, Doctoral Students’ Council, 2013

Director, Business, Industry and Government Club, 2012-13

Member, CUNY Law Review, 2012-13

Co-Chair, Law and Ideology Club, 2011-12

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

General Counsel, The ICA Group, 2014-17
– Led strategic overhaul of 40-year-old nonprofit organization

– Originated new approach to basic operational practices
– Developed policy platform and directed policy operations
– Consulted for employee-owned businesses, economic development corporations, loan funds, labor organizations, universities, and other nonprofits
– Proposed and introduced NY bill (A5191A/S5349) (2017)

Associate Director, NJ/NY Center for Employee Ownership at Rutgers University, 2016-17
– Consulted on launch of university-based center

 

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Board Director, New York Council for Housing Development Fund Companies, 2014-17

Advisory Board, CertifiedEO/Ownership Alliance, 2016-17

Founder/Executive Director, New York City Network of Worker Cooperatives, 2009-16
– $2.3M grant from New York City Council for coalition (2016)

– $2.1M grant from New York City Council for coalition (2015)
– Passed New York City local law (Int. No. 423) (2015)
– $1.2M grant from New York City Council for coalition (2014)
– Proclamations from Mayor de Blasio, Public Advocate James, and Manhattan Borough President Brewer
– $150,000 grant from New York City Council for an affiliate organization (2013) 

Founder, New York State Worker Cooperative Business Association, 2015-16
– Proposed and introduced NY bill (A9618) (2016)

Organizer, National Worker Cooperative Bank, 2013
– Researched requirements for state and FDIC approval

Founding Partner, Workers Development, 2009-13
– Researched and managed public offering of worker cooperative stock

National Campaign Manager, Worker Cooperative Federal Credit Union, 2011-13
– Managed NCUA chartering process for the proposed credit union

 

REFERENCES

Available upon request

 

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