Tell me about yourself.
My legal name is Diana Pozo, and my chosen name is Teddy. I am a scholar of feminist film theory, new media, videogames, and media fandom, interested in the place of touch and physicality in technology culture. I recently graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a PhD in Film and Media Studies and a doctoral emphasis in Feminist Studies.
My goal as a scholar and educator is to extend the projects of feminist and queer new media studies, new media history, feminist film theory, and video game studies, increasing our understanding of the role of the body and physicality in our mixed digital and physical reality. By studying the history and theory of touch in film, Internet culture, video games, and virtual reality, I center the experiences of marginalized media producers, consumers, and fans, whose presence is never fully coded as disembodied in digital culture. I also examine the fantasy of disembodiment through media, particularly as it applies to straight, white, cisgender masculinity, and trace its limitations.
Why do you use two names?
I am genderqueer, meaning I identify as a transgender person of nonbinary gender. I use the personal pronouns they, them, theirs and themself. My gender identity is neither male nor female, and my gender presentation combines elements traditionally associated with masculinity and femininity. Genderqueer identity is more than the understanding that all people have masculine and feminine traits. It is a transgender identity, though genderqueer people's transitions often deviate from the public and medicalized narrative of binary transition from male to female or female to male. It is important for me to be open about my name and pronouns as part of my social transition from female to genderqueer.
If you have any questions about my gender, name, or pronouns, or about my experience with genderqueer identity and being transgender, please do not hesitate to ask! I welcome the chance to discuss these issues with you.