Laura Anh Williams



Associate Professor
Director, Gender and Sexuality Studies


Gender and Sexuality Studies, Feminist and Queer Theories, Graphic Narrative, Asian American Literature, Food Studies, Cultural Studies


Office: Breland Hall 257


PhD, English- Critical Theory and Cultural Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies Graduate Certificate, Purdue University

MA, English- Literary Studies, Purdue University

BA, English and Fine Art, Pacific Union College

Research, Teaching, and Creativity

Asian American Literature and Visual Culture; Food Studies; Film Studies; Graphic Narrative; Queer and Feminist Digital and Material Cultures (zine-making and short film curation) 


Sex, Gender, & the Body

Feminist Food Studies

Gender & Graphic Narrative

Gender & Horror

Gender & Popular Culture

Introduction to Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

Select Publications

“Queering Online Pedagogies in Gender and Sexuality Studies.” Co-authored with M. Catherine Jonet. in Designing Intersectional Online Education: Critical Teaching and Learning Practices. Eds. Xeturah M. Woodley and Mary Rice. Routledge. 2022.

“Intimacies and Animacies: Queer Ecologies in Asian American Literature” in Asian American Literature in Transition. Eds. Betsy Huang and Victor Mendoza. Cambridge University Press. 2021.

“Free and Open to the Public: Film Festival Curation as Public Scholarship.” Co-authored with M. Catherine Jonet. MLA Profession (Spring 2019).

“Queering Manga: Eating Queerly in 12 Days.” in Drawing New Color Lines: Transnational Asian American Graphic Narratives. Ed. Monica Chiu. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press. 2015.  

“Gender, Race, and an Epistemology of the Abattoir in My Year of Meats.” Feminist Studies 40.2 (2014): 244-272.

Co-founder & Co-Director

Feminist Border Arts (an arts-humanities research-creation collaboration and platform); Feminist Border Arts Film Festival (curated feminist, LGBTQIA+, and transnational digital film shorts)

Creative Practice

Comics Artist, Zine Maker

New Media Arts (video art & short filmmaking, music production, collage & design); Queer & Feminist Aesthetics & Praxis; Public and Digital Humanities

Digital Storytelling: Why Comics?

Select Filmmaking and Film Curation

“Road,” Digital Video, 2 minutes, color, sound, 2020. Official Selection, Basement Films: 30 Years of Undependent Media . Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM. July 15-October 22.

“Speak Near,” HD video, 3 minutes, color, sound, 2020. (invited) “FBAFF Retrospective in Feminisms,” 516 ARTS/Guild Cinema, Albuquerque, NM. October 2020.

Feminist Border Arts Film Festival: Retrospective in Feminisms, in collaboration with 516 ARTS “Feminisms” exhibition, and Guild Cinema, Albuquerque, NM. October 2020.