Michael is a first year Ph.D. student in Sociology at UC Berkeley. He is broadly interested in the sociology of punishment, crime, inequality, race and ethnicity, and quantitative methods. The majority of his current research centers around the rapid expansion in correctional populations since the 1970s. He is interested in understanding how various types of criminal justice experiences (e.g. probation, incarceration) produce and reproduce social inequality. He is currently engaged in numerous research projects including the effect of pretrial detention on labor market outcomes and recidivism, educational opportunities before, during, and after prison, and the relationship between probation supervision and long-term criminal justice involvement.
Michael is originally from Santa Rosa, California. He graduated with honors from Southern Oregon University with a B.S. in Sociology. He has won numerous academic awards and is a recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.