Roshanak Kheshti, PhD, is an associate professor in ethnic studies at the University of California, San Diego. Kelsey Chatlosh, a PhD student in cultural anthropology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), met with Kheshti to discuss the power relations of ethnographic research when recording and sharing sounds, particularly people’s voices, and how questions of research design, distribution of risk, reciprocity with our interlocutors, and accessible pedagogy relate to the production of knowledge under digital conditions.
Roshanak Kheshti is associate professor of ethnic studies and affiliate faculty in the Critical Gender Studies Program at the University of California, San Diego. She received her PhD in anthropology with a designated emphasis in women’s studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz, after which she was a University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies. Her first book, Modernity’s Ear: Listening to Race and Gender in World Music (NYU Press, 2015), is an examination of the form of listening promoted by the US world music culture industry through which the modern listening subject is produced. Her research broadly centers on the consumption of race, gender, and sexuality through sound and film. She is currently working on two monographs: Switched on Bach for the 33 1/3 series of books on music as well as We See With The Skin: Zora Neale Hurston’s Synesthetic Hermeneutics, which is a media archaeology project exploring Zora Neale Hurston’s ethnographic work across various media. Her scholarship has appeared in the Radical History Review, American Quarterly, Anthropology News, Parallax, Feminist Studies, GLQ, Theater Survey, and Sounding Out!