Michael Harrington is an author and policy analyst with a background in economics, finance, and political science. His research on trade and social insurance won the American Political Science Association's top award for Policy Studies. He has taught political science, political economy, and communications at UCLA and conducted economic research for The Reason Foundation, The Milken Institute and the US Chamber of Commerce. His work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Business Week, the Economist, the Christian Science Monitor, the Los Angeles Times, New Geography.com, and other publications. His most recent book is titled Political Economy Simplified: A Citizen's Survival Guide. He also writes commercial historical fiction based on the Italian Renaissance. His books include The City of Man and Saving Mona Lisa.