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.

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.