Michael A. Raffanti has a varied professional background in education and social justice. A California native, he completed his Bachelor of Arts in History and Philosophy at the University of Portland, and his Juris Doctor at Boston College Law School. He also holds a Master in Teaching degree from The Evergreen State College where he focused on multicultural education. He earned his Doctor of Education degree from Fielding Graduate University. Michael became interested in an educational career while practicing poverty law in San Francisco. His involvement in developing a law academy at an urban high school precipitated Michael's movement from law to education. While earning his teaching license, he directed the education department of an AIDS service organization and developed HIV prevention programs for adolescents, gay and bisexual men, and communities of color. Michael has taught third grade in urban settings and served in a variety of educational leadership roles. He also taught at-risk high school students in a weekend community college program.
Prior to joining the Ed.D. faculty at UI&U, Michael gained distance teaching experience at both the undergraduate and graduate levels at Western Governors University, Fielding Graduate University, and the California Institute of Integral Studies.
A scholar-practitioner, Michael's research interests are interdisciplinary, with particular emphases on qualitative methods, action-oriented research, integral theory, transformative leadership, diversity, systems change, and multicultural education. He has published in journals such as Grounded Theory Review, Journal of Integral Theory and Practice, and Journal of Qualitative and Ethnographic Research.
Michael lives in the Pacific Northwest and is an avid tennis player, world traveler, and animal rescuer.