Victoria M. Massie (PGP: she/her/hers) is an anthropologist and nonfiction writer.
She is Ph.D. Candidate in Sociocultural Anthropology with a designated emphasis in Science & Technology Studies at U.C. Berkeley. She is currently a Mellon-Sawyer Dissertation Fellow on the politics of Kinship at Tufts University. Her dissertation, “Sovereignty in Return: Building Utopia through Genetic Reconnection in Cameroon” examines how Cameroonians to recoup African Americans as kin through genetic reconnection programs to build futures untethered to the histories of slavery, colonialism, and neo-imperial extraction that have produced and sustained Cameroon’s borders. Massie’s research has received generous support from the Mellon Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation, the Wenner Gren Foundation, the National Science Foundation, in addition to the University of California Center for New Racial Studies, the UC Berkeley Center for Race & Gender Studies and the UC Berkeley Center for African Studies.
Outside of academia, she has written on the intersection of racial injustice, technology, and pop culture for The Intercept, Vox, Complex Magazine, GeneWatch Magazine, and Catapult. She is also a Hurston/Wright Foundation nonfiction fellow.