Women in Rock & Roll’s First Wave is a digital dissertation in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at Case Western Reserve University.

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About Me

Leah Branstetter holds a PhD in musicology from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in cello performance and music history from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. In addition to her research into rock and roll history, she is active as a speaker and an educator, and has contributed to major projects for organizations including the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Rock & Roll Forever Foundation.

Find me on Twitter at @BranstetterLeah.


Did you, your mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, or friend rock and roll in the 1950s or 60s? Have a comment about the site? I would love to hear from you.

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    Dissertation Committee

    Dr. Georgia Cowart, Co-Chair
    Case Western Reserve University

    Dr. Daniel Goldmark, Co-Chair
    Case Western Reserve University

    Dr. Francesca Brittan
    Case Western Reserve University

    Dr. William Deal
    Case Western Reserve University


    This project was made possible in part by funding from:

      • The Richard A. Zdanis Fellowship, Case Western Reserve University
      • The Arts & Sciences Dissertation Fellowship, Case Western Reserve University
      • Feldman Digital Technology Fellowship, Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, Case Western Reserve University