Hi. My name is Michael. I'm a rhetorician.  

I'm taking a leap.

I'm a Leap Year Fellow with Experience Institute, just finishing a six-month residency with the global brand team at eBay.

I'm designing a year of work and education for myself, transitioning from ivory tower to Silicon Valley. I'm exploring brand & content strategy, looking for the next challenge.


Word Nerd

My fascination with language, culture, and media earned me a PhD in rhetoric & communication. (Rheto...what?) Now I'm trying to put that training to work. After years of academic research and teaching, helping students at The University of Iowa and Columbia College Chicago write and think and create better work, I'm exploring new contexts where critical inquiry and playful experimentation can fuel meaningful cultural dialogue and creative innovation.

Prof Practitioner 

I like to think I'm part poet and part strategist, with the patience and thoughtfulness of your favorite professor. I can be a ruthless critic when that's what's needed to weed out bad ideas and avoid pitfalls, and I can be a devoted cheerleader to push work forward through better and better iterations. 

I'm looking for opportunities to work with teams committed to making the world a better place through innovation, design, and storytelling.

What else? 

I’m into big ideas, little details, provocative insights, useful feedback, kindhearted snark, great conversation, works in progress, and beautiful final products.

I use public transportation and Oxford commas. Sometimes I run marathons. I enjoy hoppy IPAs. 

And I’d love to hear from you