Author Interviews


In order to hear about new ideas and work in the fields of communication, media and performance anthropology, the editors of CaMP blog have reached out to recently published authors whose work provides new voice in the conversation.


Crystal Abidin on her book, Internet Celebrity: Understanding Fame Online.  Interview by Mary-Caitlyn Valentinsson.

Sareeta Amrute on her new book, Encoding Race, Encoding Class: Indian IT Workers in Berlin. Interview by Ilana Gershon.

A. Aneesh on the publication of his new book, Neutral Accent: How Language, Labor and Life Become Global. Interview by Ilana Gershon

Julie Archambault on her new book, Mobile Secrets: Youth, Intimacy and the Politics of Pretense in Mozambique. Interview by Anna Eisenstein.


Anna Babel on her book, Between the Andes and the Amazon: Language and Social Meaning in Bolivia. Interview by Diego Arispe- Bazan.

Chris Ball on his book, Exchanging Words: Language, Ritual, and Relationality in Brazil’s Xingu Indigenous Park. Interview by Meghanne Barker.

Rusty Barnett on his new book, From Drag Queens to Leathermen: Language, Gender and Gay Male Subcultures. Interview by Sandhya Narayanan

Ulla Berg on her new book, Mobile Selves: Race, Migration, and Belonging in Peru and the U.S.  Interview by Ilana Gershon

Elise Berman on her book, Talking Like Children: Language and the Production of Age in the Marshall Islands. Interview by Shannon Ward.

Jon Bialecki on his book, A Diagram for Fire: Miracles and Variation in an American Charismatic Movement. Interview by Anna Eisenstein.

Susan Blum on her new book, “I Love Learning; I Hate School”: An Anthropology of College. Interview by Ilana Gershon

Sam Byrd on his new book, The Sounds of Latinidad: Immigrants Making Music and Culture in a Southern City. Interview by Ilana Gershon.


Alex E. Chávez on his new book, Sounds of Crossing: Music, Migration, and the Aural Politics of Huapango Arribeňo. Interview by William Cotter.

Francis Cody on his book, The Light of Knowledge: Literacy Activism and the Politics of Writing in South India. Interview by Rachel Howard.

James Costa on his new book, Revitalising Language in Provence: A Critical Approach. Interview by Sandhya Narayanan.


Sonia Das on her new book, Linguistic Rivalries: Tamil Migrants and Anglo-Franco Conflicts. Interview by Lia Siewert.

Erin Debenport on her new book, Fixing the Books: Secrecy, Literacy, and Perfectibility in Indigenous New Mexico. Interview by Shannon Ward

Hilary Dick on her book, Words of Passage: National Longing and the Imagined Lives of Mexican Migrants. Interview by Alejandro I. Paz.

Eva-Marie Dubuisson on her new book, Living Language in Kazakhstan: The Dialogic Emergence of an Ancestral Worldview Interview by Meghanne Barker.

Brooke Erin Duffy on her new book, (Not) Getting Paid to Do What You Love: Gender, Media, and Aspirational Work. Interview by Ilana Gershon


Patrick Eisenlohr on his new book, Sounding Islam: Voice, Media and Sonic Atmospheres in an Indian Ocean. Interview by Ben Ale-Ebrahim.

Harri Englund on his new book, Gogo Breeze. Interview by Ilana Gershon.


Alex Fattal on his book, Guerrilla Marketing: Counterinsurgency and Capitalism in Colombia. Interview by Winifred Tate.

Catherine Fennell on her book, Last Project Standing: Civics and Sympathy in Post-Welfare Chicago. Interview by Janet Connor.

Jenanne Ferguson on her book, Words Like Birds: Sakha Language Discourses and Practices in the City.  Interview by Laura Siragusa.

Daniel Fisher on his book, The Voice and Its Doubles: Media and Music in Northern Australia. Interview by Georgia Ennis.



Inmaculada García-Sánchez on her annual review article.  Interview by Kendall Powell.

Haidy Geismar on her book, Museum Object Lessons for the Digital Age. Interview by Josh Bell.

Ilana Gershon on her book, Down and Out in the New Economy: How People Find (or Don’t Find) Work Today. Interview by Matt Tomlinson

Perry Gilmore on her book, Kisisi (Our Language): The Story of Colin and Sadiki. Interview by Alma Gottlieb.

Marjorie Goodwin and Asta Cekaite on their book, Embodied Family Choreography: Practices of Control, Care, and Mundane Creativity. Interview by Yeon-Ju Bae.

Shane Greene on his book, Punk and Revolution: Seven More Interpretations of Peruvian Reality. Interview by Orin Starn.

Liz Gunner on her book, Radio Soundings: South Africa and the Black Modern.  Interview by Louisa Meintjes


Mack Hagood on his book, Hush: Media and Sonic Self-Control. Interview by Jake Smith.

Britt Halvorson on her new book, Conversionary Sites: Transforming Medical Aid and Global Christianity from Madagascar to MinnesotaInterview by Josh Reno.

Serine Hamdy and Coleman Nye on their new graphic novel, Lissa: A Story about Medical Promise, Friendship and Revolution.  Interview by Perry Sherouse.

Courtney Handman on her book, Critical Christianity: Translation and Denominational Conflict in Papua New Guinea. Interview by Dan Jorgensen.

Naomi Haynes on her new book, Moving by the Spirit: Pentecostal Social Life on the Zambian Copperbelt. Interview by Jon Bialecki.

Angie Heo on her book, The Political Lives of Saints: Christian-Muslim Mediation in Egypt. Interview by Alice Yeh.

Erika Hoffman-Dilloway on her new book, Signing and Belonging in Nepal.  Interview by Rebekah Cupitt.


Lilly Irani on her book, Chasing Innovation: Making Entrepreneurial Citizens in Modern India. Interview by Chris Kelty.


Kristina Jacobsen on her new book, The Sound of Navajo Country: Music, Language, and Diné Belonging. Interview by Morgan Siewert.

Graham Jones on his new book, Magic’s Reason: An Anthropology of Analogy. Interview by Dalila Ozier.

Ieva Jusionyte on her new book, Savage Frontier: Making News and Security on the Argentine Border. Interview by Ilana Gershon.


Webb Keane on his new book, Ethical Life: Its Natural and Social Histories. Interview by Ilana Gershon

Elizabeth Keating on her new book, Words Matter: Communicating Effectively in the New Global Office PlaceInterview by Ilana Gershon

Suk Young Kim on her new book, K-pop Live: Fans, Idols and Multimedia Performance. Interview by Chuyun Oh.


Susan Lepselter on her  book, The Resonance of Unseen Things: Poetics, Power, Captivity and UFOs in the American Uncanny. Interview by Micol Seigel.


Paul Manning on his book, Love Stories: Language, Private Love, and Public Romance in Georgia. Interview by Kamala Russell.

Sylvia Martin on her book, Haunted: An Ethnography of the Hollywood and Hong Kong Media Industries. Interview by Maria Nikolaeva Lechtarova

William Mazzarella on his book, The Mana of Mass Society. Interview by Elayne Oliphant.

Birgit Meyer on her book, Sensational Movies: Video, Vision, and Christianity. Interview by Yeon-Ju Bae

Roxana Moroşanu on her new book, An Ethnography of Household Energy Demand in the UK. Interview by Ilana Gershon

Keith Murphy on his new book, Swedish Design: An Ethnography. Interview by Ilana Gershon.


Constantine V. Nakassis on his new book, Doing Style: Youth and Mass Mediation in South India. Interview by Ilana Gershon

Chaim Noy on his new book, Thank You for Dying for Our Country: Commemorative Texts and Performances in Jerusalem. Interview by Lindsey Pullam.


Martijn Oosterbaan on his new book, Transmitting the Spirit: Religious Conversion, Media and Urban Violence in Brazil. Interview by Jessica Rivers.


David Parisi on his book, Archaeologies of Touch: Interfacing with Haptics from Electricity to Computing. Interview by Carlin Wing.

Ben Peters on his new book, How Not to Network a Nation: The Uneasy History of the Soviet Internet. Interview by Ilana Gershon

John Postill on his new book, The Rise of Nerd Politics: Digital Activism and Political Change. Interview by Angela VandenBroek.


Jennifer Robertson on her book, Robo sapiens Japanicus: Robots, gender, family and the Japanese nation.  Interview by Dan White.

Jonathan Rosa on his book, Looking Like a Language, Sounding Like a Race: Raciolinguistic Ideologies and the Learning of Latinidad. Interview by Jessica López-Espino.

Jennifer Roth-Gordon on her new book, Race and the Brazilian Body: Blackness, Whiteness and Everyday Language in Rio de Janeiro. Interview by Ilana Gershon


Robert Samet on his book, Deadline: Populism and the Press in Venezuela.  Interview by Alejandro Velasco.

Llerena Guiu Searle on her book, Landscapes of Accumulation: Real Estate and the Neoliberal Imagination in Contemporary India. Interview by Liza Youngling.

Shalini Shankar on her new book, Advertising Diversity: Ad Agencies and the Creation of Asian-American Consumers. Interview by Ilana Gershon.

Sarah Shulist on her new book, Transforming Indigeneity: Urbanization and Language Revitalization in the Brazilian Amazon. Interview by Shannon Ward.

Damien Stankiewicz on his new book, Europe Un-Imagined: Nation and Culture at a French-German Television Channel. Interview by Ilana Gershon

Nina Sylvanus on her new book, Patterns in Circulation: Cloth, Gender, and Materiality in West Africa. Interview by Ilana Gershon.


Ben Tausig on his book, Bangkok is Ringing: Sound, Protest, and Constraint. Interview by Mack Hagood.

Sirpa Tenhunen on her book, A Village Goes Mobile: Telephony, Mediation, and Social Change in Rural India. Interview by Ilana Gershon.


Roxanne Varzi on her book, Last Scene Underground: An Ethnographic Novel of Iran. Interview by Harvey Stark.

Katherine Verdery on her book, My Life as a Spy. Interview by Tim Gitzen.


Tony Webster on his book, Intimate Grammars: An Ethnography of Navajo Poetry. Interview by Juan Luis Rodriquez

Eitan Wilf on his book, Creativity on Demand: The Dilemmas of Innovation in an Accelerated Age.  Interview by Ilana Gershon.

Quentin Williams on his book, Remix Multilingualism: Hip-hop, Ethnography and Performing Marginalized Voices. Interview by Misa Clark.

Kit Woolard on her new book, Singular and Plural: Ideologies of Linguistic Authority in 21st Century Catalonia.  Interview by Ilana Gershon.


Rihan Yeh on her new book, Passing: Two Publics in a Mexican Border City. Interview by Hector Beltran.


Lauren Zentz on her new book, Statehood, Scale and Hierarchy: History, Language and Identity in Indonesia. Interview by Zane Goebel.