Asbed is working on a model to improve working conditions within the 21st-century labor market. His model works to ensure that human rights are respected in the workplace and that workers play a central role in establishing work condition standards and codes of conduct and have transparent channels for monitoring and enforcing those standards.
Typically, 20 to 30 MacArthur Fellows are selected each year.
Since 1981, 965 people have been named fellows. Author Ta-Nehisi Coates and artist Joyce Scott are other Baltimoreans who have received the honor in recent years.