Victoria Nachreiner

Victoria Nachreiner.

Concentration: West Africa | Atlantic History | Gender and Sexuality


M.A., History, University at Buffalo, 2022

Masters of Library and Information Science, San Jose State University, 2015
Concentration: Archives and Records Management

B.A., History, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2012
                                                                 Minor: Dance and Choreography


Victoria is a sixth year doctoral candidate whose dissertation, "A Marriage of Aesthetics: Afropolitan Consumption, Bodily Practices, and Cis-Atlantic Gendering in Old Calabar, 1840-1940," examines how men and women in southeastern Nigeria navigated changing meanings of womanhood, masculinity, and marriage as the influence of Christianity, British colonialism, and Atlantic commerce increased in the region. She hopes to highlight the key role that aesthetics and bodily practices played in articulations of gender and sexuality during this time period. Her project seeks to highlight how people in Old Calabar Africanized European material culture and cultural norms to create a distinct cosmopolitan culture.

Outside of school, Victoria works at a cat hotel and sings in a cathedral choir. She loves her cat, eating pizza, and watching professional wrestling. 


  • University at Buffalo Humanities Institute Advanced PhD Fellow, 2022-2023
  • Coordinating Council for Women / Berks Graduate Student Fellowship, 2022
  • The Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy at the University at Buffalo, Research Award for Graduate Students, 2022
  • Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa, Research Grant, 2022
  • University at Buffalo Gender Institute, Isabel S. Marcus International Research Fellowship, 2022
  • West African Research Association, Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, 2019
  • GSEU Professional Development Award, 2019
  • University at Buffalo, Graduate Student Association Conference Travel Grant, 2018, 2022
  • University at Buffalo, Milton Plesur Scholarship, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021