Victoria M. Massie (she/her/hers) is an anthropologist of science interested in examining emerging scientific and technological innovations ethnographically in postcolonial Africa today.
Massie is currently completing her Ph.D. in Sociocultural Anthropology with a designated emphasis in Science & Technology Studies (STS) at the University of California at Berkeley. Her dissertation, Assembling Genetic Ancestry: Race, Return, and the Materiality of Home in Cameroon, explores the politics of belonging through genetic diasporic reconnection in Cameroon. Her expertise sits at the intersection of kinship studies, critical race theory, postcolonial STS, vitalism, economic anthropology, and African Studies.
Her research has been supported through funding by the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Award, the National Science Foundation, the University of California Center for New Racial Studies, the UC Berkeley Center for African Studies, as well as the UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Fellowship. In 2017, she was a Fellow at the Institute for Critical Social Inquiry, and was awarded lifetime membership by the West African Research Association at Boston University in 2015.
Massie is also a journalist and creative non-fiction writer, whose work has been featured in Catapult, Vox, The Intercept, Complex Magazine, and The Council for Responsible Genetics’ Gene Watch Magazine.