Kelley Frances Fenelon
Doctoral Student, Department of Human and Organizational Development
My research is motivated by a desire to understand how more equitable, inclusive, and just communities are created, particularly by the people and organizations that are within them. What does it take to cultivate individual and systemic hospitality in a community? I bring to such questions an educational background in studying public policy and gender (Princeton University, BA) and exploring justice-oriented religious movements alongside those called to ministry and activism (Vanderbilt University, MTS). The work experience grounding my research includes directing a food justice social enterprise, LGBTQ and worker justice organizing, and a specialty wine and spirits shop. My current projects focus on the nexus of work, markets, and movements, using mixed methods and feminist and critical theory to explore the motivations for and results of business involvement in progressive movements; for example, I use news articles, organizational documents, and semi-structured interviews to examine why small businesses in Mississippi would create a campaign for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) inclusion. Other projects include a grounded theory analysis of the impacts of climate change through detailing the changing labor of Bangladeshi women and a quantitative analysis of the predictors of LGBT affirming corporate policies within the Fortune 500.