About

cropped-49899907_10213425580379299_4067747170806136832_o.jpgVictoria 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, “Mobilizing Genetic Reconnection, Building Utopia: Sovereignty in Return in Cameroon” examines how genetic reconnection programs enable Cameroonians to recoup African Americans as  kin to build utopic futures untethered to the entangled 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.