Anisa Khalifa

Anisa Khalifa is a podcast producer working in both indie podcasting and public radio. She also freelances as a writer and visual artist. Anisa is passionate about using writing, audio, and visual media to interrogate and explore the world. She has an Honors B.A. from the University of Toronto in English and Diaspora and Transnational Studies, and an M.A. from Duke University in Critical Asian Humanities. She nerds out over culture of all kinds, and is always willing to dig deeper to figure what it says about who we all are under the skin.   


Podcast Producer, WUNC  
Nov. 2021 – present

  • Plans, edits, scores, mixes and masters episodes of WUNC’s stable of podcasts
  • Books and interviews guests
  • Facilitates studio recordings

Producer and host of podcast, Muslim in Plain Sight   
Jul. 2021 –  present 

  • Interviews Muslims who came of age in the shadow of 9/11 about how that changed the trajectories of our lives, and how the experience differed either side of the Atlantic
  • Researches and books guests
  • Produces, plans, researches, hosts and edits episodes
  • Creates thumbnails, headers, marketing copy and audiograms for social media and RSS feed

Producer and host of podcast, Dramas Over Flowers
Sept. 2017 – present

  • Provides in-depth news and critiques of Korean television, movies, and entertainment industry
  • Produces, plans, researches and edits episodes
  • Creates thumbnails, headers and marketing copy for podcast website, social media and RSS feed
  • Writes and publishes reviews and articles on associated blog
  • Researches, books and interviews guests
  • Plans and hosts live events and panels for listeners and at conferences
  • Manages finances

Blogger, Lovespill, personal blog about culture and media      
June 2016 – present

  • Publishes articles and reviews about film, TV, race, and culture

Staff writer, Dramabeans 
Aug. 2016 – Dec. 2021

  • Regularly wrote movie reviews, TV recaps, and features about Korean entertainment

Director of Advocacy, Duke Graduate & Professional Students’ Council    
Apr. 2019 – Apr. 2020

  • Chaired Advocacy & Diversity Committees 
  • Co-wrote constitutional bylaw against hate & bias, passed by General Assembly
  • Organized and led a student trip to D.C. for Legislative Action Days at the Capitol

Communications Assistant, Duke Asian American & Diaspora Studies       
Sept. 2018 – Apr. 2020

  • Helped organize and run events, published newsletter, and curated history of program


  • Skilled audio producer, editor, and interviewer
  • Experienced writer, editor and proofreader
  • Experienced with MS Office, Adobe Suites, WordPress, Audacity
  • Experienced translator of print and broadcast media
  • Native speaker of English and Urdu/Hindi
  • Proficient in Korean (6 years study) and French (8 years study)

Selected Publications

ABC Nightline interview of South Korean President Moon Jae-in and BTS (translation)  

The Long Costs of Islamophobia”      

On This Friday”      

The Wages of Superficial Inclusion”   

On Being a Brown Asian: Expanding the Boundaries of Asian America”            

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