Michael Gurnow is a former instructor of English at Southeast Missouri State University where he taught online as well as in the traditional classroom. He holds undergraduate degrees in Literature and Philosophy, with a Masters in English (concentration: Linguistics and Creative Writing). His linguistic training and Masters thesis was overseen by an active NSA language analyst who once worked at the last station that Edward Snowden was assigned before he fled the country: Kunia Regional SIGINT Operations Center in Hawaii.
Gurnow has over a decade of professional IT experience, specializing in web design and maintenance. His work on internet security was recently featured in Strike the Root and Dissident.org. He also has informal training in law (under Daniel Rau of Lanzotti & Rau LLC), specifically in First Amendment rights.