Freeden Blume Oeur

Assistant Professor

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Tufts University
Department of Sociology
Eaton Hall, Room 118
Medford, MA 02155

Office: 617.627.2897
Fax: 617.627.3097
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Ph.D., M.A., University of California, Berkeley
M.S., Saint Joseph's University
B.A., Williams College

Research and Teaching
Gender and Masculinity, Education, Youth, Sociological and Feminist theory

Freeden Blume Oeur is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Faculty Affiliate with American Studies and the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program. He serves as Co-Chair on the Board of Directors for the Boston Consortium for Graduate Studies in Gender, Culture, Women, and Sexuality.

His current research examines how masculine power has been reproduced and reorganized under neoliberal governance, with implications especially for Black politics. His book, Black Boys Apart: Racial Uplift and Respectability in All-Male Public Schools (University of Minnesota Press), analyzes these themes in the context of sex-separate education. With Edward Morris, he's co-editor of a volume, Unmasking Masculinities: Men and Society (Sage Publications), for use in undergraduate courses on men and masculinities. His research has appeared in journals such as Sociological Perspectives and Socius. Freeden is undertaking new collaborative research projects that assess the concept of hegemonic whiteness in the sociology of race, and analyze how sociologists have theorized "consent."

Freeden has taught undergraduate and Master's level courses on men and masculinities, the sociology of education, the sociology of higher education, feminist theories in education, the education of women and girls, sex and gender, and sociological theory. He's the 2018 recipient of the Tufts University Recognition of Undergraduate Teaching Excellence (ROUTE) award, a 2013 recipient of the Tufts Teaching with Technology award, and was a 2013 Faculty Fellow with the Tufts Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching.

He lives in Melrose, MA with his wife, Julie, and their two cats, Sesame and Widby. Feel free to contact Freeden if you'd like to chat.

Freeden's full last name is "Blume Oeur" with no hyphen. It's pronounced "BLUE-muh Or."