Assistant Professor, Ethnomusicology
205, Hui Yeung Shing Building
BA, MA, PhD (Columbia)
Ethnomusicology; Popular Music Studies; Sound Studies; China

Adam KIELMAN holds a PhD (2016) and MA (2011) in ethnomusicology from Columbia University, where he also received a BA (2004) in East Asian Studies. His research examines evolving forms of musical creativity and modes of circulation in southern China as they relate to shifts in conceptualizations about self, publics, state, and space. His broader research interests include popular musics of East Asia, music and mobility, music and language, music and technology, jazz and improvised music, and sound studies.

He has published articles in the journals Sound Studies and Popular Music and Society, and is working on a monograph titled Musics on the Move: New Mobilities and Musical Cosmopolitanism in China. His research has been supported by grants from the Hong Kong Research Grants Council, the Fulbright-Hays DDRA program, and the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, and his publications and paper presentations have received prizes from the Association for Chinese Music Research, the Society for Asian Music, and the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Society for Ethnomusicology.

Selected Publications
Kielman, Adam. 2018. "Sonic Infrastructures, Musical Circulation and Listening Practices in a Changing People's Republic of China." Sound Studies 4 (1): 19-34. 

Kielman, Adam. 2019. "'We Sing in Dialects Even as We Wander Far from Home': Performing the Local in Polyglot Southern China." Popular Music and Society 42 (5): 513–37.

Kielman, Adam. 2020. "Sites and Sounds of National Memory: Performing the Nation in China's Decennial National Day Celebrations." International Communication of Chinese Culture. (Forthcoming Summer 2020)
List of Recent Courses Taught
  • MUSC1000 The Study of Music
  • MUSC2552 Music, Culture and Society
  • UGED1081 Jazz Appreciation: Jazz, American Culture, and Global Contexts
  • MUSC6202 Ethnomusicology III: Current Issues
  • MUSC6253 Introduction to Popular Music Studies (Special Topic IV: Ethnomusicology and World Music II)