Melanie K. Prengler

Ph.D. Student


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

Melanie’s research focuses primarily on how employees experience unconventional work contexts. Through this lens, her qualitative work has explored how location-independent employees (i.e., digital nomads) pursue psychological richness at work, and how Black law enforcement officers stay motivated and the strategies they use to combat systemic racism in police organizations and their communities. She has also quantitatively explored why person-situation interactions lead to behavior. Further, she is exploring how employees enact moral character in social contexts.

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.

Research Interests

moral exemplars, diversity, work arrangements, unconventional work contexts