Michelle holds an M.A. in history of design and material culture from the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum/Parsons School of Design and a B.A. in art history from Fordham University, New York. She has worked as a researcher in European Sculpture and Decorative Arts department, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and in the Education department at the Cooper Hewitt. She has also worked in publishing and art galleries including Phaidon Press, Inc., Artforum International,Peter Freeman, Inc and Christies International.