Michael dropped out of high school at the age of 15 and received a G.E.D. in 1993. In 2007, he enrolled in the Borough of Manhattan Community College, completing his B.A. in History at the City College of the City University of New York. At CUNY, his advisors were Edwin G. Burrows, Darren Staloff, and Carol Berkin. In 2011, he entered the doctoral program in History at Yale University and received his PhD in 2017.
Michael worked in New-York Historical Society / The New School in New York, United States from 2017 to 2018.
He holds the position of the Visiting Assistant Professor of History in Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, United States from 2018 to 2019.