Michael is a postdoctoral scholar in the School of Education and the UCI Education Research Initiative at the University of California, Irvine.  He earned his Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis on School Organization and Education Policy at the University of California, Davis.  He holds a Master of Arts in Education from Chapman University and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of San Francisco.  With over nine years of experience in urban K-12 education and eight years of experience as an administrator and instructor in postsecondary education, he has taught in a range of educational settings and at multiple levels in both traditional and online formats. He has taught for UC Davis,  CSU Long Beach, Brandman University, and American River College.

His research interests focus on assessment and accountability in postsecondary education, military and veteran students, online and technology enabled instruction, and program evaluation in educational and non-government organizations.  Most recently he collaborated with Cassandra M.D. Hart and Elizabeth Friedmann on the effect of online course-taking at California’s Community Colleges on student outcomes, presented by Dr. Hart at the American Education Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference as well as at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) in April, 2015.

He has traveled extensively in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, co-teaching professional development for Chinese STEM teachers at the Beijing Institute of Education, Chaoyang Branch, and conducted a program evaluation as a Save the Children University Partnership for Education Research (SUPER) Fellow in the Philippines.