Michael J. Myers II

Doctoral Student
Michael J. Myers II is from Buffalo, New York. A first-generation college student, Michael graduated with honors from SUNY Buffalo State with a B.S. in Criminal Justice. He then went on to earn an M.P.A. from SUNY Binghamton and an M.S. Ed in Education Policy from the University of Pennsylvania. Michael’s research interests include the relationship between neoliberal urban governance and school-to-prison pipelines and the political economy of grassroots organizations working towards community-controlled schooling. His work has been published in Black Educational Choice: Assessing the Private and Public Alternatives to Traditional K-12 Public Schools (2011) and Alpha Phi Alpha: A Legacy of Greatness, the Demands of Transcendence (2011).
Prior to enrolling into the doctoral program in the Department of African American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, Michael taught education, political science, and sociology courses at an HBCU in Texas. He also worked alongside both African American and Indigenous grassroots organizations in their efforts to resist the privatization of education in their communities.

In addition to his research interests, Michael enjoys listening to Jay Z and Clipse, cheering for the Buffalo Bills, learning quantum physics, traveling, teaching, and spending time with his family.