Michael’s research has focused on the lives of early modern book-trade professionals, the creative functions of ornamental initials and the printer's device, and user-generated modifications of pre-modern book objects. His first monograph, The Dreadful Name of Henry Hills: The Lives, Transformations, and Afterlives of a Seventeenth-Century Printer, is under contract with Manchester University Press. He has formerly taught at The University of Manchester, Staffordshire University, and, most recently, at Bangor University, where he convened modules on early modern literature, the material text, scholarly editing, and book provenance.