Michael is a native Californian who completed a double major in History and Language Studies at UC Santa Cruz. Between undergraduate and graduate studies he taught K-12 Spanish in California. Michael is a dual degree master's student and joins the RTF department this year after finishing his first year in CREEES (Center for Russian, East European, Eurasian Studies). He is interested in Eastern European film in a historical context, focusing on Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union. In his personal time he enjoys watching movies, running, and playing board games.