Michael Harrington has a wide-ranging background in the social sciences and the arts. He has earned advanced degrees in economics, finance and political science and has worked in the securities and venture capital industries as an investment portfolio manager and financial analyst. In more recent years he has taught political science as a lecturer at the University of California and worked as a research fellow and public policy analyst, conducting studies for several policy thinktanks.
His writings and research on political and economic issues have won several national awards and his opinions and letters have been published in a wide variety of national media journals, including The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, BusinessWeek, the Financial Times, and the Los Angeles Times, among others.
On the artistic side his interests encompass music composition and performance, photography, and writing. He has composed music, written a play, taught music and designed websites for his photography and fiction writing. He enjoys a life-long fascination with the Italian Renaissance, its art, culture, and politics. He has lived and studied near Florence, e lui parla italiano abbastanza bene. His encompassing interests in society and creativity directed him toward this fascinating story of Savonarola and Machiavelli, a story that strongly resonates with the modern world.