Anna Storti will join the Department of Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies, as assistant professor.
Storti will join Duke from Dartmouth College, where she was a postdoctoral fellow. She completed her Ph.D. in Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland in 2020 with research focused on critical mixed-race studies, empire studies, performance studies and transnational queer studies.
Centering her work on the violence of racial fetishization and explorations of “racialized anger” at white supremacy, Storti argues that racial mixture is rooted in the legacies of coloniality and racialized and sexualized violence. By interrogating films, performance art and even home décor—including dolls linking Japan and West Africa; porcelain invoking Chinese, Russian, and Irish influences and a Los Angeles-based Vietnamese Cambodian artist’s depiction of a Bay Area Filipina rapper as a Hindu goddess—Storti examines the artistic and material expressions of racial mixture.
“Dr. Storti’s teaching will help to meet the growing demand for classes with Asian American content,” said Jocelyn Olcott, professor of History and director of Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies. “Not only has Dr. Storti already won recognition for her mentorship, she has already taught both online and in-person, and both synchronous and asynchronous. We could see from her campus visit why she has already gained such a student following, and we are eager for Duke students to have a chance to meet her.”
The hiring committee included Kim; Patrice Douglass, assistant professor of Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies; Ashley Jardina, assistant professor of Political Science; Nayoung Aimee Kwon, associate professor of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies; and Mark Anthony Neal, James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of African & African American Studies. Dean of Humanities William Johnson, a professor of Classical Studies, provided administrative support to the committee.