Deirdre Morgan is an ethnomusicologist, lecturer, and performer who holds a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from SOAS, University of London, an M.A. in Ethnomusicology (UBC 2008), and a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies (UBC 2006). Her doctoral dissertation is an ethnographic study of jew’s harp revival communities based on multi-sited fieldwork in Norway, Austria, Sicily, and online. Her work uses the jew’s harp to examine how musical instruments reflect changing tastes, technologies, and social identities, and how transnational music communities are changing radically in the digital age. Deirdre currently lectures in ethnomusicology at Simon Fraser University and Vancouver Community College, teaching undergraduate courses in African and Asian music.
Since 2005, she has sought out the jew's harps of the world and the people who play them, and her travels have so far taken her across North America, Europe, Russia, and Bali. Deirdre is also an interdisciplinary performer whose interests include traditional music and improvisation.
Deirdre has been a Board member with the International Jew's Harp Society since 2011. She has previously served as Executive Director of the Jew's Harp Guild and the North American Jew's Harp Festival (2011 & 2012), and President of the SOAS Mouth Harp Society (2012-2015). She is currently the Book Notes editor for the Yearbook for Traditional Music.