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Liam Olson-Mayes Communication Department Tulane University School of Liberal Arts

Liam Olson-Mayes

Visiting Assistant Professor


Northwestern University


Liam holds a Ph.D. in Communication Studies 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. He is also a Research Associate at the Center for Transcultural Studies where he collaborates with scholars from around the world on the center’s “Democratic Agendas Network Project.”