My research deals primarily with race, gender, and socialization in families. Through my work, I examine how black families respond to racial hierarchies and racism. The questions that drive my research center around understanding the following themes: In what ways do racial features impact affective exchanges and socialization in families? How do families both reproduce and resist racial hierarchies through socialization practices? In what ways are black researchers positioned to negotiate some of the same dynamics that they study? My intellectual inquiry is invested in uncovering the understudied elements of racialized experiences and exposing the way that white supremacy and racial systems orchestrate people’s lives. Though most of my recent work in based in Brazil, the findings about the importance of racial features to socialization and emotional experiences has implications far beyond black families and beyond Brazil. Moreover, my most recent work on informal labor has direct implications for recent domestic labor policies in Brazil and also human trafficking in Florida.
Please click on the links below to learn more about my research:
- The Color of Love Project
- Hordge-Freeman, Elizabeth. 2015. The Color of Love: Racial Features, Stigma, and Socialization in Afro-Brazilian Families. Austin: The University of Texas
Race and the Politics of Knowledge Production Project
- Mitchell-Walthour, Gladys and Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman. eds. Race and the Politics of Knowledge Production: Diaspora and Black Transnational Scholarship in the USA and Brazil
Book Project: Second-Class Daughters Project
Recent & Forthcoming Publications
- Hordge-Freeman, Elizabeth. 2017.Contesting Black Beauty: Afro-Aesthetics, Beauty Competitions and Racial Resistance in Brazil, Revista, the Harvard Review of Latin America. Spring 2017, pp. 66-70.
- Mayorga-Gallo, Sarah and Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman. 2017. “Between Power and Marginality: Gaining Access and Navigating the Field in Multiethnic Settings,” Qualitative Research, Volume: 17 issue: 4, page(s): 377-394.
- Hordge-Freeman, Elizabeth and Jaira Harrington. “Ties that Bind: Localizing the Occupational Motivations that Drive Non-Affiliated Domestic Workers in Salvador, Brazil” In Perspectives on Domestic and Caregiving Work: A Global Approach, ed. Marcel van der Lindon, Brill publishers, United Kingdom.
- Hordge-Freeman, Elizabeth. 2015. Out of Bounds?: Negotiating Researcher Positionality in Brazil, In Bridging Scholarship and Activism: Reflections from the Frontlines of Collaborative Research, eds. Bernd Reiter and Ulrich Oslender, Michigan State University Press.
- Hordge-Freeman, Elizabeth. Review of “Racism in African American Families: Literature as Social Science.” By Paul C Rosenblatt, Ethnic and Racial Studies.