Vanessa A. Bee is a consumer protection lawyer interested in inequality and corporate power, a memoir author, and an essayist. Born in Cameroon, she grew up in France, England, and the United States.
Vanessa’s book, Home Bound: An Uprooted Daughter’s Reflections on Belonging, is an experimental memoir that reflects on a childhood spanning across three three continents, between social housing and public boarding school and nicer homes, from the secular to the evangelical and back, from small public schools to Harvard Law School – all of which offers a meditation on the concept of home and the factors that can complicate it.
Her nonfiction writing has appeared in, among others, The Cut, Harper’s Bazaar, The New Republic, The Nation, Guernica, and n+1, where she received a “Notable Essays” mention in The Best American Essays 2022. She is also a former editor of Current Affairs. She lives in Washington, DC.