Michelle Michael is a doctoral student and Scripps Howard Teaching Fellow interested in the intersection of mass communication and intergroup solutions. Her research interests include terrorism and conflicts, Islamophobic messages, identity and stereotyping, and Western media’s influence in the international media landscape. For her master’s thesis, she conducted an experiment to measure the influence of terrorism news on attitudes toward Muslims and how to negate any adverse effects. She has presented her research at both regional and national conferences. At Scripps, she has taught multi-platform reporting and writing and strategic social media.
She holds a bachelor's degree in mass communications, focusing on convergence journalism, and a minor in business administration from the University of West Georgia, and a master’s degree in journalism from Ohio University. She is a first-generation college student.
Before pursuing her higher education in the United States, Michelle worked for a national newspaper group in her home country, Sri Lanka, as a corporate communications executive. She was also a columnist for the group’s weekly business paper, Financial Digest. In the U.S., Michelle has managed communications for a B2B company and has experience in both television and print newsrooms, tackling international broadcast planning and local immigrant issues. In addition, she has also consulted on brand strategies for small and medium scale businesses, produced corporate profiles, and written stories on travel and tourism as a freelance writer.
Michelle published her work, “Developing technology-based resources to support learning how to diagnose and correct math errors” in the International Journal for Educational Media and Technology in 2016. She is also the recipient of several awards, including first place in Ohio University's 3-Minute Thesis Competition in 2019, the John R. Wilhelm Foreign Correspondence Award at Scripps in 2017, the Beheruz Sethna Undergraduate Research Award at the University of West Georgia in 2016, and the Jack Mangham Experiential Education Award from the Georgia Association of Colleges and Employers in 2015. She was also a Georgia Rotary Scholar in 2013.
Michelle has enjoyed murder mysteries and crime novels from a very young age and blames her inability to stand the sight of blood for not becoming a sleuth. Apart from school and reading, she also likes to try her hand at cooking different food from across the world.