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Liberty Walther Barnes is a Research Associate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Cambridge. She holds Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in Sociology from the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) and a B.A. in Media Arts from Brigham Young University (BYU). She is the author of Conceiving Masculinity: Male Infertility, Medicine, and Identity (Temple 2014). Her research has been featured by several media outlets, including NBCNews/Today, The Guardian, The Times of London, and The Atlantic.

Dr. Barnes was recently named a Future Research Leaders Fellow by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in the United Kingdom. Her new research project, sponsored by the ESRC, examines the global politics of semen analysis techniques and standards adopted by the World Health Organization.

Dr. Barnes supervises student research projects in the fields of gender, masculinities, medicine, health/healthcare, the body, family, and reproduction. She has taught sociology courses at the University of Cambridge, UCSD, BYU, Pacific University, and Portland Community College.