LIAM MAYES (he/him) is Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Tulane University. Liam holds a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Public Culture from Northwestern University. His research interests are firmly rooted in the humanities and include the conceptual and representational history of poverty, social and economic inequality, and the fantasy of meritocracy. His current project, “The Broken Hermeneutics of American Poverty,” examines twentieth-century American ethnographies and argues that poverty, once a powerful means for understanding social and economic inequality, has lost its capacity to make the lives of those living on the lowest rungs of the socioeconomic ladder visible to those higher up. Liam is also a Research Associate at the Center for Transcultural Studies, where he is a part of the "Media Aesthetics" research group and collaborates with scholars from around the world on the center’s “Democratic Agendas Network Project.”
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