Anna M. Moncada Storti is a doctoral candidate 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 queer femmes 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 has taught courses in Women's Studies and LGBT Studies, and worked as the Speakers Bureau coordinator for the LGBT Equity Center. Her dissertation project, Bad Memory: Colonial Afterlives in Mixed-Race Asian America, examines mixed-race Asian diasporic art and performance in order to, on one hand, inquire into the colonial legacies that the contemporary language of multiraciality obscures, and on the other, build a methodology for tracing how the body retains, remembers, and contests those colonial legacies. Her work crosses the boundaries of Asian diaspora studies, critical mixed-race studies, queer of color critique, performance studies, and postcolonial feminism.