Kirie Stromberg


B.A. Yale University 2012, M.Phil. Cambridge University, 2014 

Areas of Interest

archaeology of East Asia, sound studies, materiality, state formation, music archaeology, prehistoric archaeology, ethnoarchaeology, ethnomusicology, archaeological theory 


“Kirie’s dissertation (“Music and Political Authority in Early China and Japan: Pre- and Protohistory”) is a comparative archaeological account of some of the earliest Chinese and Japanese musical instruments and what they reflect about the diverse foundations of complex society in East Asia. She is also interested in the relationship between musical traditions and national narratives. A musician since childhood, she plays the violin and erhu. She is a 2020-2021 (fieldwork moved to 2022-2023 due to the pandemic) China-Japan Fulbright-Hays fellow.” 


Dr. Lothar von Falkenhausen