Alyssa Newman

Hixon-Riggs Early Career Fellow in Science and Technology Studies

As a sociologist of race and ethnicity, my research interests center around the production of racial meaning with a focus on multiraciality. I have explored these topics through research projects relating to collective identity formation; biology and genetics; the intersection of mixedness and masculinity; as well as family relationships and reproduction. As the Hixon-Riggs Early Career Fellow in Science and Technology Studies, I am especially interested in assisted reproductive technologies and how they reinforce notions of racial difference.

I received my PhD in sociology with a doctoral emphasis in black studies from the University of California Santa Barbara. My undergraduate degree is also in sociology from the University of California Berkeley, where I minored in African American studies and demography. My research on multiraciality highlights the ways in which racialized stereotypes shape notions of mixed-race desirability. Specifically, it traces shifting perceptions of mixedness from early portrayals of “hybrid-degeneracy” to the current celebratory and valorized constructions of multiraciality.

Further Information

Desiring the Standard Light Skin: Black Multiracial Boys, Masculinity, and Exotification

Biopolitical Times Guest Column “Flipping Out” Over Consent and Privacy: When Surrogacy Meets Reality Television