Michael’s focus is on Black U.S. history with special interest in African American women and their pursuit of freedom through armed self-defense. He received an M.A. in history from GWU. For his thesis, Michael utilized a comic book character, Misty Knight, to examine white fantasies of the Black female image, providing a multifaceted, in-depth look at the comic book industry of the 1970s. He previously served as director at two nonprofit organizations in Washington, D.C.