Michael grew up in Victoria, but is a Palawa man of Tasmanian Indigenous descent. He has completed an MPhil in Criminological Research and commenced a DPhil in Criminology at Trinity College, Cambridge.
He graduated from Monash in 2012 with First Class Honours in his BA (Criminology and Politics) and achieved a High Distinction average in his degree. He also received the Dean's Recognition Award 2009, 2010 and 2011; Faculty of Arts Honours Merit Scholarship and the Colin Bourke Final Year Indigenous Prize for Academic Excellence in 2012.
He was the Camp Mentor for The Aspiration Initiative (now the Aurora High School Program) in 2013 and intends to pursue a career in the criminal justice system. Michael was a 2015 Gates Finalist, and a 'Learning Together' Programme Scholar at the Cambridge Institute of Criminology.
Michael is working as a Research Associate at the University of Technology Sydney while completing his PhD.
Police self-legitimacy: A qualitative study of Student Officers in the United Kingdom, OPUS at UTS
I had no idea that the trip to Cambridge and Oxford would have such a profound impact on my education and, potentially, the trajectory of my life... Prior to visiting England, I hadn't really considered studying overseas... This experience, as my first trip overseas, has got me thinking more about international opportunities and has kindled in me a passion for overseas travel...