Blume Oeur's research interests include Gender and Masculinity, Education, Youth, Sociological and Feminist Theory, African American Politics and Intellectual History, and Du Boisian Sociology. His current research falls under two categories:
Du Boisian Sociology. Blume Oeur's research goals aim to enrich a Du Boisian Sociology with humanist and feminist perspectives. The first paper from this research develops a Du Boisian trauma narrative to help explain the racialized consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. The second thread from this research celebrates the centennial of The Brownies' Book, the nation's first serial publication for Black children (as guest editor of a special Fall 2021 issue of The Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth). A third line of research is an historical revival of Du Bois's prayers written for schoolchildren between 1909-1910 (with Phillip Luke Sinitiere and Becca Leviss). A fourth line of research uses Du Bois's writings on the possibility of Afro-Asian solidarity as a launching pad to reflect on interstitial connections between African American and Cambodian American experiences of trauma.
Black Feminism and the Study of Black Masculinity. With Saida Grundy, Blume Oeur is undertaking a project that assesses the historical relationship between Black feminism and the study of Black men, boys, and masculinity. The first publication from this research reflects on a misguided attack on intersectionality by a "new Black male studies." It will appear as the chapter "Allyship in the Time of Aggrievement" in the forthcoming volume Black Feminist Sociology: Perspectives and Praxis from Routledge Press. A second article in progress uses the occasion of the 40th anniversary of debates in the journal The Black Scholar to historically situate today's tension between Black male studies and Black feminism, with a critical eye towards a concern on both sides with "myth-busting."
Civic and political engagement; social activism and community organizing; social inequalities (class, gender, race, immigration); nonprofit organizations; social justice philanthropy and foundations; qualitative research methods; community-based research