About Michael

me_suitMichael Hacker, a native of Carroll, Iowa, has lived in Texas, California, Japan, Korea, New York City, the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. area, and currently resides in Arizona.  And yes, that’s really his last name.  Honest.

Michael, a United States Air Force veteran, graduate of the Defense Language Institute-Foreign Language Center, and trained Interrogator/Debriefer, has found himself in the employ of such federal agencies as the National Security Agency, Defense Intelligence Agency, and Federal Bureau of Investigation, working as a linguist and analyst in the SIGINT, OSINT, and HUMINT fields.  Since leaving federal service, he has worked exclusively in technology and higher education.

A trained linguist, Michael has worked as a professional translator & interpreter from both Russian and Japanese to English.  He has also studied French, Mandarin Chinese, German, and a smattering of other languages.  Michael earned an MA in Applied Linguistics (English) from Arizona State University where he currently designs curricula and teaches English and teaching methods to international students from all over the world.

In addition to his linguistic proclivities, Michael enjoys a number of hobbies including playing guitar,  writing music, and training in martial arts.  He has been involved in Japanese martial arts for over 25 years and currently teaches Jiyushin-ryu Aikibudo at the Renshinkan in Mesa, Arizona.

Please feel free to contact Michael with any questions about employment opportunities, languages, linguistics, music, martial arts, or whatever else is on your mind.