2021 FAIR Keynote Speaker

Dr. Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman

March 22nd
8:30 – 9:50 AM

Dr. Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman, a Tampa native, is Associate Professor of Sociology and Senior Advisor to the President and Provost on Diversity and Inclusion at the University of South Florida. She received her B.A. from Cornell University and her M.A. & Ph.D. in Sociology from Duke University. Dr. Hordge-Freeman published her first book, The Color of Love: Racial Features, Stigma, and Socialization in Black Brazilian Families (The University of Texas Press) in 2015. This book was awarded the American Sociological Association (ASA) Section on Emotions Book Award, ASA Body and Embodiment Best Publication Award, and the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interactionism Charles Horton Cooley Book Award. In 2015, she presented a TEDxUSF talk on The Color of Love and the book was translated into Portuguese in April 2018. She has published journal articles in the Journal of Marriage and Family, Qualitative Research, and Ethnic & Racial Studies, several book chapters, and published a co-edited volume with Gladys Mitchell-Walthour entitled, Race and the Politics of Knowledge Production: Diaspora and Black Transnational Scholarship in the US and Brazil (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). Hordge-Freeman has been awarded several grants and fellowships to support her research, including a Ford Dissertation Fellowship, American Sociological Association Minority Fellowship, McKnight Fellowship, Ruth Landes Memorial Research Grant, and WLP Junior Faculty Research Award. In 2016, Hordge-Freeman received a Fulbright fellowship to complete data collection for a manuscript entitled, Second-Class Daughters: Informal Adoptions as Modern Slavery in Brazil, which is based on nearly ten years of ethnographic data and interviews.