Michael Murray is faculty at Bard High School Early College in Newark, NJ, where he teaches literature, as well as academic and creative writing. He has taught at Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania, and in Bard's Master of Arts in Teaching program. He is a certificated language arts teacher, as well as a folklorist who has studied traditional culture in the American suburb, vernacular art and artists, and public history. His curatorial work in cultural studies and oral history have been presented at the Hudson River Museum (Yonkers, New York) and the Smithsonian Institution's Festival of American Folklife. MIchael holds a B.A. from George Mason University, an M.A. from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.