Michael Murray 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. He is currently teaching at Bard High School Early College in Newark, NJ and has taught at Princeton University, where he ran seminars on interdisciplinary writing focuses on performance studies, ethnography, popular culture and folklore. He is a folklorist who specializes in traditional culture in the American suburb, vernacular art and artists, and public culture studies; and a curator whose 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.