Victoria Massie

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Victoria M. Massie (she/her/hers) is Assistant Professor of Anthropology, as well as faculty affiliate in the Center for African and African Americans Studies and the Medical Humanities Program at Rice University. Dr. Massie specializes in the anthropology of race and racialization, feminist kinship studies, biocapitalism, and postcolonial science studies with a focus on how emerging technologies impact people of African descent in the United States and West and Central Africa. Her first book project investigates postcolonial futurity in Cameroon through the return of an emerging genetic diaspora, examining how 21st century return catalyzed by genetic ancestry testing emerges as a geopolitical debt management strategy. Her work has received generous support from the National Science Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation, the Mellon Foundation and the Wenner Gren Foundation, amongst others. A 2019 Hurston/Wright Foundation Fellow for Nonfiction Writing, Dr. Massie is also invested in experimenting with the possibilities of ethnographic form to better meet the needs of the world anthropologists work within today.

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