Michael studied Classics and Modern History at Oxford and Cambridge and has held postdoctoral fellowships at Freie Universität, Berlin, the Center for Hellenic Studies at Princeton, and EHESS. His research interests lie in the history of classical scholarship and of comparative religious studies in Europe and North America as well as in the history of Western Sinology and in comparisons between ancient Greece and China.

Michael is currently associate scholar of the Swedish Institute at Athens, studying the correspondence of Martin P. Nilsson with Frazer, Evans, A.D. Nock and other major figures in the history of 20th century classical scholarship.

He is also co-editing a volume on Modern Greek receptions of antiquity from the 19th century to the present.

''Nulla dies sine linea''