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Freeden Blume Oeur

Associate Professor


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

Office: 617.627.0554
Fax: 617.627.3097
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Education
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

Biography
Freeden Blume Oeur is associate professor of sociology and faculty affiliate with American Studies and the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program. He serves as senior co-chair on the Board of Directors for the Boston Consortium for Graduate Studies in Gender, Culture, Women, and Sexuality.

His 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), analyzes these themes in the context of sex-separate education. With Edward W. Morris, he is 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 collaborative research projects that bridge the study of whiteness and masculinity, and analyze how sociologists have theorized "consent." His next book project, tentatively titled The Sociological Dream, uses the radical politics, 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 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, and sociological theory. He 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 also serves on numerous editorial boards: as an associate editor for Signs and for the Critical Perspectives on Youth book series with NYU Press; and as 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.

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