Michael Friedman (Ph.D., University of Maryland) is an Assistant Research Professor of Physical Cultural Studies in the Department of Kinesiology His research interests include:
The cultural geography of sport and physical activity, particularly relating to urban governance and public policy, urban redevelopment, and sporting landscapes
Dr. Friedman teaches the following courses:
KNES 293: History of Sport in America (3 credits)
KNES 497: Sport and the City (3 credits)
Dr. Friedman's research focuses the relationship between sport and governance in the postindustrial city with a perspective informed by cultural studies and cultural geography. By examining sports facilities such as stadiums and arenas, he is concerned with the ways in which space expresses and (re)produces power relationships, social identities, and societal structures. His research has been honored by the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport as he won the 2008 Barbara Brown Outstanding Student Paper Award. He has been published in the Sociology of Sport Journal, Journal of Urban Affairs, Journal of Sport History, and Economic Development Quarterly.