An Sasala (they/them) studies the attachment of embodied identities to sexed, sexualized, and sexy technologies. In particular, they use science and speculative fiction media to address the un/ethical design of sex toys, dolls, and droids. Their artistic work—collage and short films--uses transgender/non-binary identities, perspectives, and theory to challenge scientific and anatomical authorities. Additionally, An explores technological agency and autonomy, artificial intelligence, and materially non-human perspectives.
An joined the 2017-2019 HASTAC Scholars Program and will collaborate on the integration of digital humanities into trans*feminist pedagogy. An also serves on the Board of Directors for the Kansas Statewide Transgender Education Project (KSTEP) and volunteers with the KU Center for Sexuality & Gender Diversity (SGD). An's article "Panic! Humanity's Cis-Heteronormative Fear of the Transgender Android" appears in a forthcoming issue of Somatechnics.