Michael drives organizations toward innovative, evidence-based diversity,
equity, and inclusion solutions by drawing on a deep understanding of the
social science behind culture and cognition, identity and communication.
Drawing on more than twenty years of experience from his own cultural
anthropology research, he knows what works and uses those insights to
create real change for organizations.

As a Senior Partner at inQUEST, Michael brings his unique perspective to
his speaking engagements, writings on critical DEI topics, consulting,
leadership development and workshop facilitation. As Digital Solutions
Lead, he ensures best practices are incorporated into scalable digital
products that incorporate cutting edge social science and real scenarios,
while engaging users. He customizes sustainable change management
plans for organizations that integrate the best of in-person and scalable
digital platforms.

In addition to his inQUEST work, he has taught courses on race and
identity, Latin America, child development, and research methodology at
Harvard University and the University of Michigan. He has worked as
Associate Director at the FrameWorks Institute and Principal Researcher at
the American Institutes of Research, conducting ethnographic research to
inform strategic framing and culturally competent campaigns around a
variety of pressing social issues.

Michael received his B.A. from Emory University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in
cultural anthropology with a certificate in Culture and Cognition from the
University of Michigan. He is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.

Dr. Michael Baran has been a guest on 1 episode.