Matthew Choi Taitano

Matthew Choi Taitano is a senior studying African American Studies and Gender and Sexuality Studies. His research interests include visual culture, media studies, queer of color critique, the theory of intersectionality, and law, incarceration, and politics as they relate to queer communities of color. This past summer, Matthew participated in a research program at the Columbia Graduate School of Arts and Sciences through a Leadership Alliance fellowship. His summer project focused on the relationship between trans media representation and anti-trans violence and policing, which he continues to explore further in his senior thesis. On and off campus, Matthew has been engaged in activism around issues impacting students of color, of low-income and first-generation status, and of queer and trans identities. He has served as Chair of the Princeton Hidden Minority Council’s Technology Committee, Vice President of the Princeton Equality Project, an LGBT Peer Educator, a leader for Community Action and Princeton Breakout, and more. He also currently works as a Marquand Library desk assistant and GLAAD campus ambassador, and previously as an LGBT Center staff member and Princeton High School tutor. During his sophomore year, Matthew was granted the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship. In addition, he has received three Leadership Awards, two Student Staff Awards, and a Peer Service Award from the LGBT Center. After graduating from Princeton, Matthew plans to take a year or two off to work in New York City before applying to graduate school.