Myles Mason is a PhD student in the Rhetoric and Culture area. His research is concerned with how normative logics and structures produce and preclude marginalized identites in public space. Currently, he is interested in the recent phenomenon and circulation of white individuals calling 911 on non-white individuals in public space--the calls that produced memes and hashtags such as #BBQBecky and #PermitPatty.
These phone calls allow him to continue to interrogate the various methods used to have a persuasive effect on individuals when they are in public. How are people who the public sphere would rather not see able—or unable—to navigate their world? How do markers of difference (sex/uality, race, disability, etc.) preclude individuals from the public sphere? What tensions and paradoxes arise when unwelcomed people participate in public spheres? At this current juncture, these questions point him toward the affective methods of persuading people into or out of the public sphere. How do affects and emotions circulate within and create various publics? What do these affects and emotions do in regard to publicity and publicness?
Before coming to Boulder, Myles earned a bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis in Writing and Rhetoric from Georgia Gwinnett College. He also earned a master’s in Communication and Rhetorical Studies and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Women’s and Gender Studies from Syracuse University.