Michele is Professor of Cultural Studies and Research Chair in Diversity and Community Resilience at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University in Melbourne. Before moving to Deakin she served as Director of the Centre for Cultural Diversity and Wellbeing at Victoria University from 2013-2017, where he also taught and researched for 27 years. Michele's research focuses on contemporary cultural, social and institutional engagements with cultural diversity, especially in the contexts of national security, policing, resilience, community and social cohesion issues. Her funded research projects have been supported by and/or partnered with Victoria Police, Australian Federal Police, Department of Immigration and Citizenship, Attorney General's Department, CREST/ESRC (UK), Victorian Dept. of Premier and Cabinet, Australia-New Zealand Counter-Terrorism Committee, AFL Western Bulldogs and Many others. Michele is a member of the Attorney-General's Department Countering Violent Extremism Research Panel, the Expert Reference Group of the Research Institute on Social Cohesion, and serves on the Victoria Police Chief Commissioner's Human Rights Strategic Advisory Committee. She has volunteered for the past 12 years with the SAIL (Sudanese-Australian Integrated Learning) program in Melbourne's West as an English-language tutor for adult women from refugee backgrounds. Her educational qualifications include a PhD (Monash University), MA (City University of New York Graduate Center) and BA (State University of New York - College at Purchase). She has held visiting research fellowships at UK, Canadian, US and Australian universities.