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. Dr. Friedman is in the process of writing a book – Mallparks: The Social Construction of Baseball Stadiums as Cathedrals of Consumption. The book ties together more than a decade’s research and publishing on baseball stadium development, including articles on Baltimore’s Camden Yards, Boston’s Fenway Park, and Washington’s Nationals Park. 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.
KNES 293: History of Sport in America
The growth and development of sport in America. The transformation of sport within the perspective of American history, including class sport, professionalization, amateurism, and international involvement.
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: Inter-Disciplinary.net.
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.