Michael is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Psychology at The New School for Social Research and holds appointments as a Research Fellow at Artis International and Beyond Conflict. As a social psychologist, Michael studies intergroup relations with a particular focus on the ways in which religion, as both a group membership and system of beliefs, affects moral decision-making, social attitudes, and behaviors in intergroup contexts. He also studies intergroup relations along racial, political, and sexual orientation lines, with an emphasis on how social psychological theory can be leveraged to advance social change and promote equality. Michael earned his Ph.D. in social psychology from The Pennsylvania State University and is a proud graduate of Bates College, where he earned a B.A. in political psychology.