Kirie Stromberg


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

Areas of Interest

state formation; the archaeology of urbanism; the archaeology of China and Japan; mortuary analysis; music archaeology; soundscape studies; ethnoarchaeology; cultural heritage; museology


Kirie Stromberg was born and raised in the Midwest. She began her studies of Chinese under the auspices of Yale’s Richard U. Light Fellowship and graduated with a B.A. in 2012. In 2014 she received her M.Phil. from Cambridge University, where she worked with Dr. James Lin of the Fitzwilliam Museum and Professor Roel Sterckx. Her M.Phil. thesis explored Late Shang and Early Western Zhou ritual bronzes from China’s ancient “Northern Zone.” 


Kirie’s dissertation focuses on the ways in which the formation of musical traditions was an important driver of the development of complex society in China, primarily in northern border-sites such as Shimao, Shaanxi. She also researches the transmission of sonic technologies throughout East Asia, especially to Japan, during the early Bronze Age. Methodologically, her dissertation encompasses music archaeology, the ethnoarchaeology of music, soundscapes, the relationship between texts and objects, and developing responsible methods to meaningfully interpret pre-historic periods. She is a China-Japan Fulbright-Hays fellow for the 2020-2021 academic year.


"Hidden Music: The Mystery of Early Chinese Bronze Vessels with Bells," Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 28 May 2014


Dr. Lothar von Falkenhausen