Michael is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). He holds a Ph.D. in public policy and public administration from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s in public policy analysis from Carnegie Mellon University. Michael’s work investigates the factors influencing network formation as well as the effect of social structure on individual and collective behavior, decision-making, and performance. Michael has taught network analysis training seminars and workshops for the Public Management Research Association, the Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research (MAPOR), the Science of Team Science Conference, the Center for Disaster Management at the University of Pittsburgh, and the Center for Clinical and Translational Science at UIC.