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). 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.