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.

Morgan Ames on her book, The Charisma Machine: The Life, Death, and Legacy of One Laptop Per Child. Interview by Henry Jenkins.

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.

Gretchen Bakke on her book, The Likeness.  Interview by Krisztina Fehérváry.

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.

Sarah Besky on her book, Tasting Qualities: The Past and Future of Tea. Interview by Sarah Besky.

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

Steven Black on his book, Speech and Song at the Margins of Global Health: Zulu Tradition, HIV Stigma, and AIDS Activism in South Africa. Interview by Yeon-Ju Bae.

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

Tom Boylston on his book, The Stranger at the Feast: Prohibition and Mediation in an Ethiopian Orthodox Christian Community. Interview by Jon Bialecki.

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.

Kimberly Chong on her new book, Best Practice: Management Consulting and the Ethics of Financialization in China.  Interview by Johannes Lenhard.

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.


Marcel Danesi on his book, Memes and the Future of Pop Culture. Interview by Leila Mzali.

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

Christina Davis on her book, The Struggle for a Multilingual Future: Youth and Education in Sri Lanka. Interview by Gaya Morris.

Jenny Davis on her book, How Artifacts Afford: The Power and Politics of Everyday Things. Interview by Kevin Laddapong.

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

Jennifer Deger discusses Phone and Spear: A Yuta Anthropology. Interview by Zeynep Gürsel.

Vanessa Díaz discusses Manufacturing Celebrity: Latino Paparazzi and Women Reporters in Hollywood, Interview by Sandhya Narayanan.

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

Christina Dunbar-Hester on her book, Hacking Diversity: The Politics of Inclusion in Open Technology in Open Technology CulturesInterview by Héctor Beltrán.

Stuart Dunmore on his book, Language Revitalisation in Gaelic Scotland.  Interview by Christian Puma-Ninacuri.


Kate Eichhorn on her new book, The End of Forgetting. Interview by Shuting Li.

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

Nicholas Q. Emlen on his book, Language, Coffee, and Migration on an Andean-Amazonian Frontier. Interview by Gaya Morris.

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


Elizabeth Falconi and Kathryn Graber edited Storytelling as Narrative Practice: Ethnographic Approaches to the Stories We Tell. Interview by Dilara Inam.

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.

Sujatha Fernandes on her book, Curated Stories: The Uses and Misuses of Storytelling. Interview by Ben Ale-Ebrahim.

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.

Fleming, Kara and Umberto Ansaldo on their book, Revivals, Nationalism, and Linguistic Discrimination: Threatening Languages. Interview by Claudia Matachana.


Susan Gal and Judith Irvine on their book, Signs of Difference: Language and Ideology in Social Life. Interview by Hannah McElgunn.

Patrick W. Galbraith on his book Otaku and the Struggle for Imagination in Japan. Interview by Xiao Ke.

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.

Melissa Gregg on her book, Counter Productive: Time Management in the Knowledge Economy. Interview by Ilana Gershon.

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.

Jessica Hardin on her book, Faith and the Pursuit of Health: Cardiometabolic Disorders in Samoa. Interview by Courtney Handman.

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.

Kregg Hetherington on his book, Government of Beans. Interview by Indivar Jonnalagadda.

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.

Richard Irvine on his book, An Anthropology of Deep Time: Geological Temporality and Social Life. Interview by Jon Bialecki.


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.

Pamela Klassen on her book, The Story of Radio Mind: A Missionary’s Journey on Indigenous Land. Interview by Georgia Ennis.

Don Kulick on his book, A Death in the Rainforest. Interview by Alex Golub.


Isabel Laack on her book, Aztec Religion and Art of Writing: Investigating Embodied Meaning, Indigenous Semiotics, and the Nahua Sense of Reality. Interview by Patawee Promsen.

Michele LaFrance on her book, Institutional Ethnography: A Theory of Practice for Writing Studies Researchers. Interview by Sarah Fischer.

William Leap on his book, Language Before Stonewall: Language, Sexuality, History. Interview by Brian Adam-Thies.

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

Sun Sun Lim on her book, Transcendent Parenting: Raising Children in the Digital Age. Interview by Kevin Laddapong.

Jessa Lingel on her book, An Internet for the People: The Politics and Promise of Craigslist. Interview by Nazli Azergun.


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.


Walter Ong’s Language as Hermeunetic: A Primer on the Word and Digitization. Interview by Maddy Adams.

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.

Sabina Perrino on her book, Narrating Migration: Intimacies of Exclusion in Northern Italy. Interview by Daniela Narvaez.

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

Rachel Plotnick on her book, Power Button: : A History of Pleasure, Panic, and the Politics of Pushing. Interview by Kevin Laddapong.

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

Denis Provencher on his book, Queer Maghrebi French. Interview by Adeli Block.


Justine Buck Quijada on her book, Buddhists, Shamans, and Soviets: Rituals of History in Post-Soviet Buryatia. Interview by Claudia Lahr.


Angela Reyes and Stanton Wortham on their book, Discourse Analysis Beyond the Speech Event. Interview by Alex McGrath.

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

Lisa Rofel and Sylvia Yangisako on their book, Fabricating Transnational Capitalism. Interview by Janet Conner.

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.

Philip Seargeant on his book, The Emoji Revolution: How technology is shaping the future of communication. Interview by Kevin Laddapong.

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

Jane Setter on her book, Your Voice Speaks Volumes: It’s not what you say, but how you say itInterview by Paola Medina González.

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.

Silvio, Teri on her book, Puppets, Gods, and Brands: Theorizing the Age of Animation From Taiwan. Interview by Ilana Gershon.

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

Karen Strassler on her new book, Demanding Images. 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.

Matt Tomlinson on his book, God is Samoan: Dialogues between Culture and Theology in the Pacific. Interview by Jon Bialecki.


Herve Varenne on his book, Educating in Life: Ethnographies of Challenging New Normals. 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.

Neha Vora on her book, Teach for Arabia: American Universities, Liberalism, and Transnational Qatar. Interview by Patrick Lewis.


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

Lionel Wee and Robbie Goh on their book, Language, Space, and Cultural Play: Theorizing Affect in the Semiotic Landscape.  Interview by Ida Hoequist.

Brad Wigger on his book, Invisible Companions: Encounters with Imaginary Friends, Gods, Ancestors, and Angels. Interview by Laura Murry.

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.

Helena Wulff on her book, Rhythms of Writing: An Anthropology of Irish Literature. Interview by Ilana Gershon.


JoAnne Yates on her book with Craig N. Murphy, Engineering Rules: Global Standard Setting since 1880. Interview by Michael Prentice.

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


David Zeitlyn on his book, Mambila Divination: Framing Questions, Constructing Answers. Interview by Stephan Feuchtwang.

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