Michael grew up in the Orem/Provo, Utah area. While attending BYU he studied humanities with a history emphasis focusing on art, photography, and world cinema. He worked professionally in the photofinishing industry for four years (where he met his wife), working for many well-known fine art and commercial photographers, and was employed for the Harold B. Lee Library, L. Tom Perry Special Collections Digital Initiatives Program at BYU, preparing 19th and 20th century publications, artwork, photographs, and film items for online access. He completed a master's degree in history, specializing in American art and culture, at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and completed his graduate internship for University of Nebraska Medical Center, McGoogan Library of Medicine, Special Collections working on their photographic collection. He then attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a PhD student in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication researching in media history. During this time he also worked for the Wisconsin State Historical Society, assisting in organizing and conducting research for their media collections. He later attended BYU as a graduate student for the Military Chaplaincy program and served in the United States Army Reserve as a Second Lieutenant, Staff Specialist for the 807th Medical Command, Fort Douglas, Salt Lake City, Utah. Since 2011 he has been working at BYU-Idaho as an administrator and advisor for the College of Physical Sciences & Engineering and adjunct-faculty member for the Department of Art and Department of Humanities and Philosophy, and also currently assists with the Art Department's International Cinema events. He is currently working on his PhD in humanities through Faulkner University. He has a passion for art history, the history of photography and film, and is an amateur cinematographer. His wife studied graphic design, illustration, and photography, and they have seven children.
PhD student Humanities/Art History Emphasis, Faulkner University
MA History, University of Nebraska, Omaha
BA Humanities/History Emphasis, Brigham Young University
AA Humanities, Utah Valley University
Art, art history, photography, cinematography, film history, theory, and criticism, American and world history, music, and literature