Anna WardAnna E. Ward
Program Coordinator and Visiting Assistant Professor
Office: LPAC 207
Interests: Queer and LGBT Studies, Embodiment, Popular Culture and Media, Science and Technology Studies, Feminist Theory
Professor Ward joined the faculty at Swarthmore in 2010 as a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program. She is now the Program Coordinator of GSST and a Visiting Assistant Professor. Her courses at Swarthmore have included Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies, Unruly Bodies, Affect, and Theories and Representations of Orgasm, as well as directed readings in disability studies and pornography studies.
She received her doctorate in Women's Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her publications have appeared in such journals as Camera Obscura and Social Psychology Quarterly. She is currently working on a project titled Queer Pornoscapes: Cartographies of Desire and Technology. This research analyzes how space/place is activated as a form of desire through the mobilization of affective boundaries and their crossings, as well as traces configurations of gendered, nationalized, racialized, and classed bodies within and across queer pornographies. In addition to bringing the burgeoning field of affect studies to bear on contemporary pornography studies, this research also draws attention to the often under-theorized performance of race, nationality, and class within queer representation. Contemporary queer pornography registers shifting dynamics of masculinities and femininities within queer communities, and my analysis provides insight into how these dynamics are informed by spatial and temporal (dis)locations.