Michael originally hails from the Los Angeles area, but recently graduated from Amherst College in Massachusetts with a double major in Political Science and Russian. He wrote his senior honor's thesis on Russian opposition to NATO expansion.
During his year on the Fulbright program, Michael plans to study efforts to attract foreign direct investment to Northwest Russia. In addition to taking courses at St.Petersburg State University, he will conduct research with the help of the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia.
Other than contemporary Russian politics, Michael is interested in sports, Lego's and his dog Scipio.