Dr. Michel received his Ph.D. in American Studies with a specialization in rhetoric and composition from Michigan State University. He returned to Kansas City after teaching for four years at California State University, Fresno. In addition to his work as Chair of the English Department, Dr. Michel teaches courses in American literature and composition and rhetoric.
Dr. Michel's research interests are in alternative rhetorics, social activism and the new media, and writing theory. He has written on a variety of subjects including Julie Dash's film, Daughters of the Dust, teaching rap lyrics in literature and writing classes, and ways social movements are using the new media to foster social change. His articles have appeared in The Journal of Advanced Composition, Enculturation, and in anthologies in the fields of composition and rhetoric and the new media.