Title: Distinguished Professor
Company: Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations
Location: Princeton, New Jersey, United States
Douglas L. Kruse, Distinguished Professor at the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in disability and employment.
When Dr. Kruse began his professional career as a professor at the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations, he was an able-bodied person. During his second year, he, his wife and two friends were hit by a drunk driver, leaving him paralyzed from the chest down. Since then, he has dedicated his career to the issues of disability.
Following the completion of his undergraduate education, Dr. Kruse earned a Doctor of Philosophy in economics from Harvard University in 1988. Within the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations, he has excelled as an associate dean, the associate director of employment ownership and profit sharing and the director of the Program for Disability Research. Beginning in 2014, he became regarded as a distinguished professor in the areas of employee ownership and profit-sharing. Additionally, he has found notable success as a senior economist for the White House Council of Economic Advisers under President Barack Obama’s administration between 2013 and 2014. Supplementing his professional career, he has contributed as a research associate to the National Bureau of Economic Research and a research fellow to the Institute for Labor Economics in Bonn, Germany. Additionally, he participated on New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s transition team.
Further dedicated to his profession, Dr. Kruse has authored nearly 15 books and has published over 100 articles. Though his career has been suffused with highlights, he is most proud of his research on voting among people with disabilities. Along with his wife, Dr. Lisa Schur, he conducted webinars with different groups across the country pertaining to voting turnouts for people with disabilities. For his contributions in the field, he has been honored to have been the recipient of several awards for his books and writings, including recognition for the Best Article in the Journal by the Academy of Management in 2021 and Outstanding Book of the Year by Princeton University in 1993. To remain abreast with advancements in the field, he has maintained professional affiliations with organizations such as the American Economics Association, the Labor and Employment Relations Association and the Academy of Management.
Recently, Dr. Krause was fortunate to present his research to both national and international conferences in which his works had a policy impact in the areas of disability and employment of people with disabilities. Above all, Dr. Kruse attributes his success to Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey for the multitude of opportunities and the support towards his research. Looking toward the future, his goal is to continue his work as a distinguished professor. Above all, he has been gratified for the flexibility, independence and opportunity of determining what type of research he intends to study.
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