An Sasala is a PhD Student in Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies at the University of Kansas. Ze is also completing a graduate certificate in Film & Media Studies. Zir research focuses on transgender identities and experiences and marks the interstices and influences that intrinsically link technology and embodied identities such as gender, sexuality, and race.
An 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). An's article "Panic! Humanity's Cis-Heteronormative Fear of the Transgender Android" appears in Somatechnics 8(1), 2018. An recently coordinated and edited a grad student round table on activism, digital spaces, and border crossing: their article "Re/Making Feminist Praxis", co-published with Abigail Barefoot (WGSS), Charlesia McKinney (Composition + Rhetoric), and Sierra Watt (Political Science) will appear in a forthcoming issue of ADA: a journal of gender, new media, and technology.
An began a concurrent MA in the department of Film + Media Studies in Fall 2018. In Fall 2018, An serves as the GTA for FMS 300: Seminar in Trash Cinema and FMS 200: Film Aesthetics.