Drawing from theories of collective action, political philosophy, and critical pedagogy, Michael’s scholarship focuses on community engagement, placemaking, spatial governance, and the social practice of urban design. Critical essays have appeared in Cities and the Politics of Difference (University of Toronto Press 2015), The Informal American City (MIT Press 2014), Insurgent Public Space: Guerrilla Urbanism and the Remaking of Contemporary Cities (2010), and Beyond Zuccotti Park: Freedom of Assembly and the Occupation of Public Space (2012). He has co-edited several books including Diálogos: Placemaking in Latino Communities (Routledge 2013) and Community Development and Democratic Practice (Routledge 2017). Michael received his Ph.D. in Geography from The Pennsylvania State University and Master of Architecture and Master of City Planning degrees from the University of California, Berkeley.
Michael currently serves as Faculty Advisor to the Provost, Engaged Scholarship and Engaged Learning. He is past Chair of the Community Development Graduate group.