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

Adam Kielman is Associate Professor of Music in the field of ethnomusicology at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and is the author of Sonic Mobilities: Producing Worlds in Southern China (University of Chicago Press, 2022). He 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. He has published articles in the journals Sound Studies, Popular Music and Society, and International Communication of Chinese Culture. 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.

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.

Selected Publications

List of Recent Courses Taught
  • ARTS1005 Introduction to Music and Philosophy
  • MUSC1000 The Study of Music
  • MUSC2552 Music, Culture and Society
  • UGED1081 Jazz Appreciation: Jazz, American Culture, and Global Contexts
  • MUSC6202 Ethnomusicology III: Current Issues
  • MUSC6252 Music, Language, Performance, and Power (Special Topic III: Ethnomusicology and World Music I)
  • MUSC6253 Introduction to Popular Music Studies (Special Topic IV: Ethnomusicology and World Music II)