Anna M. Storti is a scholar, writer, and teacher based in Washington, DC.
Anna was born and raised in Anaheim, CA. 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. She is currently completing her PhD in Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park.
In Pomona, Anna was vice president of the Queer People of Color Collective, staff in the Violence Prevention and Women's Resource Center, organizer of the quarterly spoken word event Queer Voices, mentor to high school students of color at the Boys and Girls Club of Pomona Valley, and member of the McNair Scholars Program. 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.
Anna’s research focuses on aesthetics, embodied memory, racialized affect, and the transpacific. Her dissertation project, Bad Memory: Colonial Afterlives in Mixed-Race Asian American Art and Performance, investigates the colonial legacies that the contemporary language of multiraciality obscures in order to build a methodology for tracing how the body retains and contests memories of war, exile, and diaspora. The contemporary works of art and performance featured in the dissertation compile an archive of decolonial and queer aesthetics which offer alternative modes of entry into the politics of multiracialism. Anna’s work crosses the boundaries of Asian American studies, critical mixed-race studies, queer and feminist theory, performance studies, and affect theories.
Photograph taken by Ramón Rivera-Servera
Evanston, IL | July 2018