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Harry Freeman

Discipline: Psychology

Dr. Freeman is a Full Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of South Dakota. He received his Ph.D. in Human Development from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research centers on the nature and psychology of close relationships, with a particular emphasis on adolescent attachments to mothers, fathers, and sexual partners. He recently co-edited a book, Emerging Topics on Father Attachment: Considerations in Theory, Context, and Development, which presents seminal work from eight countries on the role of fathers in children’s emotional and personality development. In addition to his interest in cross-cultural research, Dr. Freeman has developed a number of courses that examine the intersection between human biology and culture, including a three-course sequence, titled the Ecology of Human Development. His teaching evaluations consistently rank in the top 20% in national comparisons and have earned numerous teaching awards including the USD’s most prestigious, the Belbas Larson Award for Excellence in Teaching. When not in the classroom or lab, Dr. Freeman enjoys building wooden kayaks and sailboats and sailing them on the Missouri River with his wife and three children.