Michael is a sociologist and social worker with expertise in racial inequality and social welfare policy. As a postdoctoral research scientist with the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, he is currently studying the causes and consequences of contact with the Child Protective Services and juvenile justice systems. This work fits into a broader research agenda seeking to understand the social conditions that prevent society from realizing a more just and equitable distribution of resources. His other projects include work on the effects of social welfare policy and health outcomes, family and child homelessness, and the racial dynamics of distrust in the US. Michael’s work has been accepted for publication in Social Problems, Demography, Health Services Research, and Social Service Review. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy. He is a graduate of the Joint PhD Program in Sociology and Social Work at the University of Michigan.