Anna M. Storti is a doctoral student and McNair Graduate Fellow in the Department of Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. She graduated with honors from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona with degrees in Gender, Ethnicity, and Multicultural Studies and Business Administration, with an emphasis in Non-Profit Management.
In Pomona, Anna was a Social Justice Leader at the Violence Prevention and Women’s Resource Center, Vice President of the Queer People of Color Collective, organizer of the quarterly spoken word event Queer Voices, mentor of high school students of color at the Boys and Girls Club of Pomona Valley, and member of the McNair Scholars Program. As a McNair Scholar, Anna did ethnographic research in order to explore the ways in which feminine queer women sit at the intersections of “queer” and “normative” locations. Her project, “(Re)Conceptualizing the Normative: A Glimpse into the Radical Potential and Ultimate Failure of Queer Politics,” argued that queer politics stratifies those not adhering to an authentic queer performance.
At Maryland, Anna teaches courses in Women's Studies and LGBT Studies, and works as the Speakers Bureau coordinator for the LGBT Equity Center. Her dissertation analyzes mixed-race Asian art and aesthetics in order to build a methodology of memory that inquires into the colonial legacies and queer erasure of racial mixture that the contemporary language of multiraciality obscures. Her work crosses the boundaries of critical mixed-race studies, queer of color critique, Asian diaspora studies, and postcolonial feminist critique.