Melanie Prengler

Ph.D. Student


Melanie K. Prengler is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Management at Mays Business School, with a focus in organizational behavior and human resource management.

Melanie’s research focuses primarily on autonomy, as well as the role of autonomy in motivation, managing work arrangements, and identity. Broadly, her work explores how and when employees or managers form the perception that they have autonomy at work. She is also interested in what leads organizations to violate the autonomy of their employees and how employees handle these violations.

Before joining the doctoral program at Mays, Melanie earned an M.A. in Counseling from Sam Houston State University and B.A. in Psychology from Texas A&M University. Melanie was also co-founder and co-director of a non-profit that served the needs of low-income children and families in Bryan, Texas. Her experiences highlighted the pliant nature of autonomy perceptions, and benefits and downsides of discretion at work.

Research Interests

Autonomy, work arrangements, identity