Melanie K. Prengler

Ph.D. Student


Melanie K. Prengler is a rising 5th year Ph.D. student in the Department of Management at Mays Business School, with a focus on organizational behavior and human resource management.

Broadly, Melanie uses inductive and deductive approaches to study the work experiences of employees at the leading edge of two trends in organizations.

First, she studies how employees experience the ongoing changes to how work is arranged (e.g., hybrid and remote work). Specifically, she examines these changes through the lens of employee autonomy, seeking to understand how workers navigate the increased autonomy and corresponding reduction of structure and blurring of boundaries that are inherent in many emerging work arrangements (e.g., digital nomadism).

Second, she studies how both majority and minority group members engage in efforts to reduce systemic discrimination within and via their organizations (e.g., allyship and anti-racism). In particular, she examines the strategies used by employees who work to reduce discrimination and encourage diversity, equity, and inclusion in organizations and society and the effect of engaging in such efforts on the employees themselves.

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

diversity, work arrangements, allyship