Freeden Blume Oeur

Assistant Professor

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

Office: 617.627.0554
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 an Assistant Professor of Sociology and a Faculty Affiliate with the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program. He is a 2017-2018 Tisch College Faculty Fellow, and recently began a term as Co-Chair of 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 first book, Black Boys Apart: Racial Uplift and Respectability in All-Male Public Schools (forthcoming with the University of Minnesota Press), analyzes these themes in the context of sex-separate education. With Edward Morris, he's co-editing a volume, Unmasking Masculinities: A Reader (forthcoming with Sage Publications), for use in undergraduate courses on men and masculinities. He's starting new research projects which assess the concept of hegemonic whiteness in the sociology of race (with Woody Doane); analyze how "consent" is understood on college campuses (with Jill Weinberg); and examine masculinity, Marxism, and feminism in the work of W.E.B. Du Bois.

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 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 enjoys live music, yoga, cooking, professional hockey, and collecting sports bobbleheads. He lives in Melrose with his wife, Julie, and his two cats, Sesame and Widby. Feel free to contact Freeden if you'd like to chat.