Michael's areas of academic focus and expertise include: issues of inequality and justice, American political thought, U.S. republicanism, alternative visions of the American Dream, Abraham Lincoln, and Progressivism. At Lesley, he teaches the following courses: Introduction to Political Science, U.S. Politics, Contemporary Political Thought, Elections and Democracy, U.S. Constitutional Law, and HBO's "The Wire": The Politics of U.S. Urban Inequality.
Michael holds a BS from Georgetown University and a PhD from the University of Minnesota.