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Meet the Team

Shelly Steward

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Shelly is Research Manager for the Aspen Institute's Future of Work Initiative. She's an economic sociologist focusing on the changing nature of work in American society, and holds a PhD in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research examines how people understand their position in the labor market and the economy more broadly using both quantitative and qualitative methods. Prior to becoming a sociologist, Shelly taught middle school science on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota as a Teach for America corps member. She holds an AB from Harvard College and loves dogs.

Louis Hyman

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Louis Hyman is a historian of work and business at Cornell University's ILR School, where he also directs the Institute for Workplace Studies in New York City. He has published two books on the history of personal debt (Debtor Nation and Borrow) and is currently completing a history of the rise of consultants, temps, freelancers, and day laborers in our businesses (to come out with Viking in 2018). A former Fulbright scholar and McKinsey associate, Hyman received his PhD in American history from Harvard University. He teaches the MOOC "American Capitalism: A History" through EdX and is the founding editor of the Columbia Studies in the History of U.S. Capitalism book series from Columbia University Press.

Ethan Pollack

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Ethan Pollack is the Associate Director of Research and Policy for the Future of Work Initiative. Prior to his work at the Aspen Institute, he worked for the Pew Charitable Trusts researching and advising states on budget, tax, and infrastructure policy. He has served as Director of Fiscal Programs for the Economic Policy Institute and as a staff economist for the Bowles-Simpson deficit reduction commission, and has also worked for the Office of Management and Budget and Freedman Consulting. He holds a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles and an MPP from The George Washington University.

Aaron Froehlich

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Aaron is the Technical Lead for the ILR Web Team. He graduated with a degree in Comparative World Religions after spending most of his college years in the Middle East and Asia. His early career in the non-profit sector took he and his family to Rwanda, where he worked for a Rwandan NGO as a Capacity Building Advisor. He eventually transitioned into the burgeoning web development industry and spent a decade as a web consultant before his current position at the ILR School.