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

Freeden Blume Oeur is associate professor of sociology and faculty affiliate with American Studies and the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program. He also 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 focuses on 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 Morris, he's 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 assess the concept of hegemonic whiteness in the sociology of race, as well as analyze how sociologists have theorized "consent"; and a solo project that reconsiders W. E. B. Du Bois as a sociologist of education.

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 been recognized multiple times for his teaching. 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 was a 2013 faculty fellow with the Tufts Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching.
Freeden serves on multiple editorial boards, including those for the Critical Perspectives on Youth book series with NYU Press and for Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society.

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'd like to chat.

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