Victoria Massie

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Victoria M. Massie (she/her) is an Assistant Professor of Medical Anthropology and a Faculty Affiliate for the Center for African and African-American Studies, the Medical Humanities Program, the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, and the Science & Technology Studies Program at Rice University.

Her research and teaching broadly focus on the history of anthropological thought, medical anthropology, political anthropology, race & racialization, biocapitalism, Black Feminist Science Studies, and experimenting with ethnographic form to reimagine key ideas around embodiment and the biological sciences in the 21st century from genetic ancestry testing to chronic racialized stress. Her areas of focus include West and Central Africa, specifically Cameroon, as well as the United States.

Dr. Massie's scholarship and creative writing have been generously supported by the Fulbright Foundation, the Hurston/Wright Foundation (nonfiction), the Mellon Foundation, the National Science Foundation, Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation (poetry & fiction), and the Wenner-Gren Foundation, amongst others. Her work has been published in Feminist Anthropology Journal, Transforming Anthropology, Vox, The Intercept, Anthropology News, and Catapult Literary Magazine.

She received her Ph.D. in Sociocultural Anthropology with a Designated Emphasis in Science & Technology Studies and her M.A. in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley. She received a B.A. in Anthropology and African & African American Studies from the University of Rochester.


Spillers's baby, anthropology's maybe: a postgenomic reckoning, Feminist Anthropology Journal

Research Areas

anthropology race & racialization, kinship, postgenomics, genetics, medical anthropology, biocapitalism, African Diaspora, West/Central Africa, Cameroon, black feminist theory, science & technology studies, gift exchange, creative ethnography


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