Michael held posts at Queen’s University, Belfast, the College of William and Mary in the US, and Sheffield University (where he was appointed Head of Department) before moving to Queen Mary. He has been awarded Visiting Fellowships at Wolfson College, Oxford, and the Centre for Research into the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities at Cambridge.
In 2008 he was appointed Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research, and is currently an Associate Fellow at the IPPR. His Leverhulme Fellowship is enabling Michael to complete a major project examining 'The Politics of English Nationhood', and to publish a monograph on this topic with Oxford University Press in 2014. This examines the main cultural, historical and normative dimensions of the English question in British politics.
Michael’s media work involves writing for a wide range of newspapers and magazines, including The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, Prospect and Total Politics, and appearing as a commentator on a variety of radio and television programmes.