I am a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. My research examines the interrelationship between social movements and economic conditions, particularly the politicization of work and use of direct action during times of high economic inequality. My dissertation on the expanding worker cooperative sector in New York uses qualitative and computational methods to investigate how employees of democratic workplaces, advocacy organizations, and local institutions are coordinating their goals and efforts to create secure employment, and to inquire into what worker-ownership means to different actors in the NYC cooperative ecosystem. My research is currently supported by the National Science Foundation.


Department of Sociology
University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
55 Hamilton Hall, CB# 3210
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Email: ktait@live.unc.edu