Dr. Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman

Dr. Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman is a Tampa native and a sociologist whose work addresses the intimate ways that systems of oppression (racism, sexism, and colorism) are reproduced through the material and affective experiences of Black women and families in Brazil and the United States. She earned her B.A. from Cornell University and her M.A. & Ph.D. in Sociology from Duke University. Dr. Hordge-Freeman’s first book, The Color of Love: Racial Features, Stigma, and Socialization in Black Brazilian Families (The University of Texas Press, 2015) received multiple book awards and was the topic of her 2016 TEDx talk. Her research has been published in leading academic journals, and she co-edited a volume entitled, Race and the Politics of Knowledge Production: Diaspora and Black Transnational Scholarship in the US and Brazil (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). With research support from a Fulbright grant among others, Hordge-Freeman recently published a new book, Second-Class Daughters: Black Brazilian Women and Informal Adoption as Modern Slavery (Cambridge University Press, 2022). Dr. Hordge-Freeman is Associate Professor of Sociology and Interim Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Recruitment, Retention, and Engagement at the University of South Florida.

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