Michael is a PhD candidate at the University of Southern Mississippi. His dissertation examines the Army's post-World War II relationship to national security policy during the early Cold War. Michael has won numerous grants and fellowships to support his dissertation research, including travel grants to the Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, and John F. Kennedy Presidential Libraries, a George Marshall/Baruch Fellowship from the George Marshall Foundation, the Harry J. Carman Fellowship, the Matthew B. Ridgway research grant from the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, and the U.S. Army Center of Military History Dissertation Fellowship. Additionally, he was a 2008 fellow at the West Point Summer Seminar in Military History. During his time at Southern Miss, Michael co-edited, with Andrew Wiest, the anthology Triumph Revisited: Historians Battle for the Vietnam War. He now works as an Army historian at the Combat Studies Institute, where he has completed two article length chapters on platoon-level actions in Afghanistan, one of which is a gender history of a single Female Engagement Team. He has served as a consultant on two documentaries on Afghanistan, and has worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a historical expert on numerous projects. Michael's latest work is the U.S. Army's first military history iBook, Vanguard of Valor: Enhanced Edition, which seamlessly combines historical narrative with multimedia content to create an interactive and educational history which conveys the face of battle in Afghanistan.