Freda Fair

Freda Fair

Assistant Professor, Gender Studies

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  • Ballantine Hall 642
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  • Ph.D., Gender Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, 2016
  • M.A., Gender Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, 2010
  • B.A., American Studies, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (minor), African American Studies (minor), Macalester College, 2006


Dr. Freda Fair is an interdisciplinary scholar and teacher who studies race, gender, sexuality and culture in the United States with a focus on the American Midwest. Freda earned her PhD in Gender Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2016. Freda's research interests include queer politics and aesthetics, women of color feminist thought, labor, and social movement responses to policing, normativity, surveillance, and precarity. Freda is currently working on her book manuscript, Liminal Erasures: Midwest Black Sexual Personhood in Visual Culture, that examines African American labor and aesthetic challenges to sexual regulation and surveillance in the Midwest. The project argues that liminality operates as a nuanced form of national and regional power that actively regulates and surveils black gender and sexual difference. Drawing on archival and visual cultural examples, the study details the ways in which liminality operates as a political process that positions the American Midwest as an effective site to capture and move forward living tensions that exist between American liberal democracy and capitalism. During Fall 2016, Freda will teach two courses in the Department of Gender Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington: Queer of Color Critique in Theory & Practice and Race, Sexuality, and Culture.

Courses Taught

Race, Sexuality, & Culture
Queer Theory
Sexuality & The Black Radical Tradition
Queer of Color Critique in Theory & Practice