Michael is native to “Amish Country” Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where he earned his BA in German and Business from Franklin & Marshall College in 2015. As an undergraduate, Michael spent time at the Universität zu Köln and interned at a startup in Hanover, Germany. Before joining the Carolina-Duke program in 2017, Michael served as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Dortmund and worked as a bilingual specialist at a nonprofit in Philadelphia. His research interests include: foreign language pedagogy, romanticism, and contemporary literature. In his free time, Michael enjoys playing sports, fishing, and eating ice cream.