Before coming to Stanford, 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 is located at the intersection of social networks and social psychology. Specifically, he is interested in a) how people manipulate and alter their social networks, and b) how these structural changes impact the generation of social capital.
Michael is an award-winning teacher of Social Networks. At Stanford, he has taught "The Power of Social Networks in Everyday Life" (2017, 2018, 2019) and "Introduction to Social Networks" (2018 & 2019).