Roshanak Kheshti

Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Studies


PhD Anthropology (Women's Studies) UC Santa Cruz

MA Anthropology UC Santa Cruz

BA Anthropology (Women's Studies) Indiana University

Research Interests

Her research interests include: race, gender and sexuality in sound studies, ethnography, history of anthropology, cultural studies, film studies, psychoanalysis, queer studies, Iran, diaspora studies, postcolonial theory, and Zora Neale Hurston studies.


Kheshti, Roshanak. Modernity’s Ear: Listening to Race and Gender in World Music (New York: NYU Press, 2015). 


Kheshti, Roshanak. Switched-On Bach (Bloomsbury Academic (October 3, 2019)).


Listen to Professor Kheshti’s interview on the New Books Network podcast.

Kheshti, Roshanak. “On the Threshold of the Political: the Sonic Performativity of Rooftop Chanting in Iran Radical History Review 121 (January, 2015): 51-70. 

Kheshti, Roshanak. “Touching Listening: the Aural Imaginary in the world music culture industry” in Sound Clash: The Sound of American Studies Kara Keeling and Josh Kun, eds. (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012): 267-288.

Kheshti, Roshanak. “Rallying Cries as Suffering Sounds: ‘Allah-O-Akbar’ and the Aurality of Feminized Iranian Suffering” in Sounding Out! October 22, 2012. 

Kheshti, Roshanak. “Can the Memoirist Speak? Representing Iranian Women, Gender and Sexuality in Recent Publications that Span the Popular-Scholarly Spectrum” in Feminist Studies 38 (2012): 50-72.*?rgn=full+text

Brooks, Daphne & Kheshti, Roshanak . “The Social Space of Sound Theatre Survey 52 (2011): 329-334. 

Kheshti, Roshanak. “Touching Listening: the Aural Imaginary in the world music culture industry American Quarterly 63 (2011): 711-731. 

Kheshti, Roshanak. “Cross-dressing and Gender (Tres)Passing: The Transgender Move as a Site of Agential Potential in the New Iranian Cinema”. Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy 24 (2009): 158-177. 

Kheshti, Roshanak. “Acoustigraphy: Soundscape as Ethnographic Field”. Anthropology News 50 (April, 2009): 15, 19. 

Kheshti, Roshanak. “Musical Miscegenation and the Logic of Rock and Roll: Homosocial Desire and Racial Productivity in “A Paler Shade of White’”.  American Quarterly 60 (2008): 1037-1055. 

Kheshti, Roshanak. “Inversion, Signifiance and the Loss of the Self in Sound”. Parallax 14(2008): 68-77. 

Greenhouse, Carol with Kheshti, Roshanak. Democracy and Ethnography: Constructing Identities in Multicultural Liberal States(Albany: State University of New York Press, 1998). 

Additional Information

She has also published numerous musical recordings both as a former member of bay area-based experimental rock band The Ebb and Flow and independently as composer and performer for an independent film score.