Deborah Kapchan is an anthropologist, scholar of sound and performance. She is a Professor of Performance Studies at New York University.


She is the author of Gender on the Market: Moroccan Women and the Revoicing of Tradition (University of Pennsylvania Press 1996), Traveling Spirit Masters: Moroccan Music and Trance in the Global Marketplace (Wesleyan University Press 2007), as well as numerous articles on sound, narrative and poetics.


She also is the editor of two recent volumes: Intangible Rights: Cultural Heritage in Transit (2014 University of Pennsylvania Press) and Theorizing Sound Writing (2017 Wesleyan UP). She was the editor (with Pauline Strong) of a special issue of the Journal of American Folklore, Theorizing the Hybrid (1999). She currently is writing a book tentatively entitled Learning to Listen: Between Morocco and France.

A Guggenheim fellow, she also has received grants from the Fulbright-Hays Foundation, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the Social Science Research Council as well as New York University.

Visit her NYU webpage