Before coming to the U.S. (and becoming a social psychologist), Michael studied Political Science at Otto-Friedrich Universität Bamberg, and at Freie Universität Berlin's Otto-Suhr-Institute of Political Science, Germany. He also holds a M.A. in Sociology from the University of South Carolina, where he conducted network exchange experiments at the Laboratory for Sociological Research. Michael's research focuses primarily on social psychology and social networks.
Michael is an award-winning teacher of Social Networks. At Stanford, he teaches "The Power of Social Networks in Everyday Life" (Summer Sessions) and "Introduction to Social Networks" (Winter 2019).