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Liberty Barnes


Liberty Walther Barnes is a medical sociologist and gender scholar. She holds Ph. D. and M.A. degrees in Sociology from the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) and a Bachelor's degree in Media Arts from Brigham Young University (BYU). Dr Barnes’s research and teaching interests are in the fields of medicine, gender, masculinities, reproduction, feminist theory and the body. She is the author of Conceiving Masculinity: Male Infertility, Medicine, and Identity (Temple University Press 2014), based on her ethnographic investigation of male infertility in the United States. Her work analyses the social constructions of gender and disease in medical clinics and in the personal lives of infertile men and has been featured by several media outlets including The Guardian, Times of London,,,, and The Atlantic.

Dr Barnes is the recent recipient of a 3-year Future Research Leaders grant from the Economic and Social Science Research Council for her new study on the social history of sperm counting practices in Europe and the U.S. She has taught sociology courses at the University of Cambridge, Pacific University, BYU, UCSD, and Portland Community College. Dr Barnes supervises Cambridge students on a variety of gender topics, including homophobia, sex trafficking, gender representations in the media, the gender wage gap, hair removal practices, and the construction of medical diagnoses.



  • Position: Associate Researcher
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  • Address: Department of Sociology, Free School Lane, Cambridge CB2 3RQ
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