Anna M. Moncada Storti is a writer and teacher of feminist theory, queer of color critique, and Asian American Studies. An interdisciplinary scholar, Storti explores the aesthetic and affective relations between race, empire, violence, and pleasure, specializing in art and culture across the Asian diaspora.
She is at work on her first book, which asks what the growing population of mixed race white and Asian Americans elucidates about violence, endurance, and the permanence of war. She is also at work on a second book-length study, which surrounds the practice and cultures of vice. Here, she extends her interest in aesthetics and the taboo to examine how Asian Americans turn to particular objects—mahjong tiles, porcelain, cigarettes, mirrors, and leather— as forms of indulgence in the wake of violence or exclusion. You can find her writing in Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory, Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies, Feminist Studies, Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas, the Modern Language Association’s Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities (2020), Disability Representation in Film, TV and Print Media (Routledge, 2021), and elsewhere.
Born in Anaheim, CA, in a family of Filipina and Italian immigrants, she was educated at Cal Poly Pomona where she was a Ronald E. McNair Scholar. Entering college as a Civil Engineering major, she graduated with degrees in Gender, Ethnicity, and Multicultural Studies and Business Management. Prior to joining Duke, she was the Guarini Dean's Postdoctoral Fellow in Asian American Studies at Dartmouth College, and she holds a PhD in Women's Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park.