Peter Stromberg PhD

Department Chairperson of Anthropology
Professor of Anthropology Henry Kendall College of Arts & Sciences

Ph.D., Stanford University
B.S., Purdue University
B.A., Purdue University

Contemporary Western Society
Culture and Mental Health

Introductory Anthropology
Anthropological Theory
Medical Anthropology
Anthropology and Media
Psychological Anthropology

The following may be selected publications rather than a comprehensive list.


Stromberg, Peter, and others. Caught in Play: How Entertainment Works on You. Stanford University Press, 2009. Print.

Stromberg, Peter. Language and Self-Transformation: A Study of the Christian Conversion Narrative. Vol. 5. Cambridge University Press, 1993. Print.

Stromberg, Peter. Religious Language and Personal Ethics in a Swedish Church: y Peter Gustav Stromberg. Stanford University, 1981. Print.

Book Chapters

Stromberg, Peter. “Narrative and Healing in Dynamic Psychotherapy: Implications for Culture Theory.” Advances in Culture Theory from Psychological Anthropology. Ed. Naomi Quinn. Palgrave, 2018. Print.

Lindstrom, Lamont, and Peter Stromberg. “RECAP Oklahoma: Rapid Ethnographic Community Assessment Process Report.” Prepared for the Oklahoma State Dept. of Health, HIV/STD Service, 2000. Print.

Journal Articles

Stromberg, Peter. “Wesleyan Sanctification and the Ethic of Self-Realization.” Ethos 43.4 (2015): 423–443. Print.

Stromberg, Peter. “Christian Charismatics, Anthropologists, and Truth: A Review Essay on Tanya Luhrmann’s When God Talks Back.” Pastoral Psychology 63.2 (2014): 215–222. Print.

Stromberg, Peter. “12 Collective Excitement and Lapse in Agency: Fostering an Appetite for Cigarettes.” Ed. Daniel H. Lende and Greg Downey. The Encultured Brain: An Introduction to Neuroanthropology (2012): 315–338. Print.

Stromberg, Peter. “Counterplay: An Anthropologist at the Chessboard. RobertDesjarlais. Berkeley: University of California. 2011.1+ 251 Pp.” (2012): n. pag. Print.

Stromberg, Peter. “Person and Community in the Culture of Entertainment.” Pastoral Psychology 60.5 (2011): 737–744. Print.

Stromberg, Peter. “Symbolic Valorization in the Culture of Entertainment The Example of Legal Drug Use.” Anthropological Theory 8.4 (2008): 430–448. Print.

Stromberg, Peter, Mark Nichter, and Mimi Nichter. “Taking Play Seriously: Low-Level Smoking among College Students.” Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry 31.1 (2007): 1–24. Print.

Stromberg, Peter. “The Power of Feelings: Personal Meaning in Psychoanalysis, Gender and Culture (Review).” Anthropological Quarterly 74.3 (2001): 153–155. Print.

Lindstrom, Lamont, and Peter Stromberg. “Beyond the Savage Slot.” Anthropology News 40.80 (1999): 9–10. Print.

Stromberg, Peter. “The’ I’ of Enthrallment.” Ethos 27.4 (1999): 490–504. Print.

Stromberg, Peter. “Theories of the Transcendent.” Reviews in Anthropology 27.3 (1998): 303–316. Print.

Stromberg, Peter. “Force of Habit: Exploring Everyday Culture.” American Anthropologist 99.3 (1997): 668–669. Print.

Bowlin, John, and Peter Stromberg. “Representation and Reality in the Study of Culture.” American Anthropologist 99.1 (1997): 123–134. Print.

Stromberg, Peter. “Swedish Mentality.” Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 3.4 (1997): 811–813. Print.

Stromberg, Peter. “Elvis Alive?: The Ideology of American Consumerism.” Contemporary Legend: A Reader 1718 (1996): 289. Print.

Stromberg, Peter. “JANE H. HILL & JUDITH T. IRVINE (Eds.), Responsibility and Evidence in Oral Discourse.(Studies in the Social and Cultural Foundations of Language, 15.) Cambridge & New York: Cambridge University Press, 1993. Pp. Vii, 316. Hb $59.95.!!!” Language in Society 24.02 (1995): 259–262. Print.

Stromberg, Peter. “Dreams and Professional Personhood: The Contexts of Dream Telling and Dream Interpretation among American Psychotherapists. MARY-TB DOMBECK.” American Ethnologist 21.4 (1994): 1068–1069. Print.

Kulick, Don. “Language and Self-Transformation: A Study of the Christian Conversion Narrative.” Man 29.3 (1994): 757–759. Print.

Stromberg, Peter. “GENERAL/THEORETICAL ANTHROPOLOGY: Best Laid Schemes: The Psychology of Emotions. Keith Oatley.” American Anthropologist 95.2 (1993): 453–454. Print.

Stromberg, Peter. “Rhetoric and Religious Experience: The Discourse of Immigrant Chinese Churches. LAWRENCE A. PALINKAS.” American Ethnologist 19.4 (1992): 837–837. Print.

Stromberg, Peter. “Cooperative Individualism in Swedish Society.” Ethnos 56.3-4 (1991): 153–164. Print.

Stromberg, Peter. “Historical Role Analysis in the Study of Religious Change: Mass Educational Development in Norway, 1740–1891, by John T. Flint. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990, Xiii+ 148 Pp.” Sociology of Religion 52.1 (1991): 126–127. Print.

Stromberg, Peter. “Symbols into Experience: A Case Study in the Generation of Commitment.” Ethos 19.1 (1991): 102–126. Print.

Stromberg, Peter. “Elvis Alive?: The Ideology of American Consumerism.” The Journal of Popular Culture 24.3 (1990): 11–19. Print.

Stromberg, Peter. “Ideological Language in the Transformation of Identity.” American Anthropologist 92.1 (1990): 42–56. Print.

Stromberg, Peter. “Linguistic Anthropology: Therapeutic Discourse and Socratic Dialogue. Tullio Maranhäo.” American Anthropologist 89.4 (1987): 1009–1010. Print.

Stromberg, Peter. “The Impression Point: Synthesis of Symbol and Self.” Ethos 13.1 (1985): 56–74. Print.

Stromberg, Peter. “An Anthropological Approach to a Swedish Popular Movement.” Ethnos 48.1-2 (1983): 69–84. Print.

Stromberg, Peter. “Consensus and Variation in the Interpretation of Religious Symbolism: A Swedish Example.” American Ethnologist 8.3 (1981): 544–559. Print.


Stromberg, Peter. “Anthropological Other or Burmese Brother?-Spiro, M.” UNIV NEW MEXICO DEPT ANTHROPOLOGY, ALBUQUERQUE, NM 87131-1561 (1997): n. pag. Print.

Peel, JDY, and Peter Stromberg. “Language and Self-Transformation. A Study of the Christian Conversion Narrative.” Anthropos Institut (1994): n. pag. Print.


Coleman, S, and Peter Stromberg. “Symbols of Community: The Cultural System of a Swedish Church.” Berghahn Books (1987): n. pag. Print.

ANTH 2043 Patterns in Culture: Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 4063 Qualitative Methods in Anthropological Research
ANTH 4973 Senior Seminar in Anthropology
ANTH 7123 History of Anthropological Theory