Freeden Blume Oeur

Associate 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, Black politics

Freeden Blume Oeur is associate professor of sociology, on leave in spring 2020. (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 serves as senior co-chair on the Board of Representatives for the Boston Consortium for Graduate Studies in Gender, Culture, Women, and Sexuality. Freeden is a postdoctoral fellow with the W. E. B. Du Bois Center at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; and a 2019-2020 faculty fellow with the Center for the Humanities at Tufts (CHAT).

Freeden’s research examines the interplay of masculine power, neoliberalism, feminist theory, and Black politics. His book, Black Boys Apart: Racial Uplift and Respectability in All-Male Public Schools (University of Minnesota Press, 2018), analyzes these themes in the context of sex-separate education. Black Boys Apart was recognized in 2019 with best book awards from the Sociology of Education section and the Racial and Ethnic Minorities section (co-winner) of the American Sociological Association. 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.

His research has appeared in journals such as Sociological Perspectives and Socius. His next book project, tentatively titled The Sociological Dream, uses the intellectual and political itineraries, social science frameworks, and historical and speculative fiction writing of W. E. B. Du Bois and C. Wright Mills to explore the rise of the Left in the early cold war era, and how these politics can reorient thinking today about the politics, promise, and propaganda of sociology. Freeden is undertaking a number of a collaborative research projects: an historical revival of W. E. B. Du Bois's prayers written for schoolchildren between 1909-1910 (with Phillip Luke Sinitiere and Becca Leviss); an analysis of the contentious relationship between Black feminism and the study of Black masculinity (with Saida Grundy; forthcoming in the edited volume Black Feminist Sociology from Routledge Press); and Gender Replay, an edited volume dedicated to Barrie Thorne's contributions to the study of youth, gender, and feminism (with CJ Pascoe).

Freeden 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. Freeden 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.

Freeden 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 lives in Melrose, MA with his wife, Julie; their son, Sovi; and their two cats, Sesame and Widby. Feel free to contact Freeden if you would like to chat.