Skip to main content
Back to Faculty & Staff
Michael Friedman

Michael Friedman

Lecturer, Kinesiology

Michael Friedman is an Assistant Research Professor in the Physical Cultural Studies Program in the Department of Kinesiology. His research focuses on the relationship between public policy, urban design and professional sports 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. 

He has published research in the Sociology of Sport Journal, International Review for the Sociology of Sport, Journal of Urban Affairs, Journal of Sport History, and Economic Development Quarterly and City, Culture & Society.  In 2008, Dr. Friedman was the winner of the Barbara S. Brown Outstanding Student Paper Award (doctoral category) from the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport.


SPH | Room 2351

(301) 405-2450


Areas of Interest

Adjuncts and Affiliates

KNES293 History of Sport in America

Friedman, M.T. (in press). The social construction of baseball stadiums as cathedrals of consumption. In W. Simons (ed.), The Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture: 2015-2016.  Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company

Friedman, M.T. (in press). Mallparks: Conceiving cathedrals of consumption.  In C. Howley (ed)., Space, Place & Sport: Probing the Boundaries (electronic book).  Freeland, UK:

Friedman, M.T., (in press).  Mallparks and the symbolic reconstruction of urban space.  In N. Koch (ed.), Critical Geographies of Sport: Space, Power and Sport in Global Perspective.  London: Routledge.

Friedman, M.T., & Bustad, J.  (in press).  The urbanization of sports.  In R. Edelman & W. Wilson (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Sports History.  Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Friedman, M.T., Bustad, J. & Andrews, D.L. (2012).  Feeding the downtown monster: (Re)developing Baltimore’s “tourist bubble”.  City, Culture and Society, 3(3), 209-218.