Michener is a professor at FGV's Brazilian School of Public and Business Administration (EBAPE) in Rio de Janeiro, a Canadian citizen and naturalized Brazilian. Founder and current director of the Public Transparency Program at FGV and the Transparency Evaluation Network, an international initiative funded by the Open Society Foundations. Michener is a specialist in transparency policies and access to public information.
He graduated in Humanistic Studies from McGill University, Montreal, and holds a master's degree in Latin American Studies and a PhD in comparative politics and international relations, both from the University of Texas at Austin. Interested in the politics of countries in the Americas, Michener is currently working on a book commissioned by Cambridge University Press on policies for access to public information in Latin America.