Research/Areas of Interest: 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."

Education

  • PhD, Sociology, University of California, Berkeley, United States, 2012
  • MA, Sociology, University of California, Berkeley, United States, 2007
  • MS, Elementary Education, Saint Joseph's University, United States, 2005
  • BA, Anthropology, Williams College, USA, 2003

Biography

Freeden Blume Oeur (he/him) is associate professor of sociology. (His full last name is "Blume Oeur" with no hyphen.) He holds a secondary appointment with the Department of Education and is a faculty affiliate with American Studies and the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program. He is past co-chair of the Board of Representatives for the Boston Consortium for Graduate Studies in Gender, Culture, Women, and Sexuality (2017-2020); and a past postdoctoral fellow with the W. E. B. Du Bois Center at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (2019).

Blume Oeur's articles have appeared in the journals Ethnic and Racial Studies, Sociological Perspectives, Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth, Socius, and Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. His book, Black Boys Apart: Racial Uplift and Respectability in All-Male Public Schools (University of Minnesota Press, 2018), is an ethnography that asks why Black communities would want to separate their schoolchildren on the basis of sex in neighborhoods that have long faced racial and social class segregation. Black Boys Apart has been recognized with best book awards from three sections (Sex and Gender, Sociology of Education, and Racial and Ethnic Minorities) of the American Sociological Association (ASA). With Edward W. Morris, he is co-editor of a volume, Unmasking Masculinities: Men and Society (Sage Publications, 2017), for use in undergraduate courses on men and masculinities. Blume Oeur and CJ Pascoe are editing a volume titled Gender Replay (under contract with NYU Press), which reflects on and assesses Barrie Thorne's contributions to the study of youth, schooling, and feminism.

Blume Oeur has taught undergraduate and master's level courses on men and masculinities, the sociology of education, the sociology of higher education, feminist theory in education, the education of women and girls, sex and gender, sociological theory, and the sociological imagination of W. E. B. Du Bois. Blume Oeur has been recognized multiple times for his teaching and mentoring. He was 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 a 2013 faculty fellow with the Tufts Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching.

Blume Oeur is a book review editor for the journal Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. He is an associate editor for Signs and for the Critical Perspectives on Youth book series with NYU Press; and an editorial advisory board member for the Critical Studies in Gender & Sexuality in Education book series with Routledge Press. He is currently a council member for the ASA section on Children and Youth.

Blume Oeur lives in Andover, MA with his wife, Julie; their sons, Sovi and Niko; and their two cats, Sesame and Widby.