Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman

Associate Professor


Office: FAO
Phone: (813) 974-5944


Dr. Hordge-Freeman is Associate Professor of Sociology and the College of Arts & Sciences Racial Justice Initiative Chair 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, which was the topic of her TEDx talk. This book was awarded the American Sociological Association Section (ASA) Section on Emotions Book Award, ASA Section on Body & Embodiment Book Award, and the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interactionism Charles Horton Cooley Book Award. She has published journal articles in the Journal of Marriage and Family, Qualitative Research, Ethnic & Racial Studies, International Journal of Qualitative Research, among others. With Dr. Gladys Walthour, 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). In 2022, she published her most recent book, Second-Class Daughters: Black Brazilian Women and Informal Adoptions as Modern Slavery in Brazil (Cambridge University Press) which was funded by a Fulbright fellowship, Ruth Landes Fellowship, and ASA Funds for the Advancement of the Discipline. This book was awarded the 2023 ASA Section on Race, Gender, Class Distinguished Book Award. As part of her creative scholarship, she and her husband, Prof. McArthur Freeman, II, developed the Imagine Blackness Project which uses AI art to explore themes of Afro-futurism and spark transformational conversations.

Dr. Hordge-Freeman’s teaching innovations have garnered her recognition at the local, state, and national level. She was the inaugural recipient of the USF Outstanding Community-Engaged Teaching Award, the USF Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award and she was a national finalist for the Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty. In 2012, she launched the USF in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil program, an award-winning service-learning program focused on Brazilian culture and the impact of racism on Afro-Brazilians in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Leveraging these experiences to benefit the campus community, she created the curriculum for and led three cohorts of the inaugural USF Faculty Service-Learning Academy. At USF, she has served in various administrative roles including as the Senior Advisor to the President and Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, Interim Vice President of Institutional Equity, and Interim Associate Vice Provost.


Ph.D., Duke University, 2012