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Michael Real

Michael Real


Professor Emeritus


Communication and Culture


Michael Real is an author and professor whose primary interest is how media and culture influence each other and shape power in society. His eclectic research topics include sports media, popular music, film (especially the Hollywood Oscars), television, media events both national (Super Bowl) and international (Olympics), globalization, cultural theory and social change. Real is especially concerned with making media serve the practical needs of society, with a focus on social responsibility.


Before joining Royal Roads in 2004, Real taught at the University of California at San Diego for nine years, San Diego State University for 20 years and Ohio University for four years. Real has led several major research projects and has produced and/or hosted a variety of television and radio programs throughout his academic career. He has four books to his credit and has published chapters in 30 book anthologies. His many articles have appeared in academic and popular media in the Americas, Europe and Africa. His latest book, Bodies of Discourse: Sports Stars, Media, and the Global Public, is a co-authored examination of politics, sports and media worldwide.


Michael was granted the title of distinction Professor Emeritus upon his retirement in 2016 in recognition of his meritorious and academic service. Real earned his PhD in communication at the University of Illinois and his MA in teaching from St. Thomas University.