Erin Sweeney Smith

Part-time Lecturer


Erin Sweeney Smith received her Ph.D. in Musicology from Case Western Reserve University. Her primary research area examines intersections of popular music and the New Woman in the Progressive Era (1895-1920) and demonstrates the cultural response to the vocality and ambitions of the New Woman as portrayed through male-dominated sheet music and entertainment industries. Cambridge University Press’ journal Popular Music recently accepted her article “Post-Imperialism, Imaginary Geography, and the Women of Led Zeppelin’s IV” for publication in 2017. Highlighting issues of race, gender, and sexuality, the article explores folk musician Sandy Denny’s vocal contributions to “The Battle of Evermore” and Led Zeppelin’s crediting of Memphis Minnie for the epic track “When the Levee Breaks.” Dr. Smith’s essay entitled “Fear, Desire, and the Fairy Tale femme fatale in Rammstein’s ‘Rosenrot’” investigates the controversial German band’s audio recording and music video, and can be found in McFarland Press’Rammstein on Fire: New Perspectives on the Music and Performances (2013).  She has presented her research at national meetings of the American Musicological Society and the Society for American Music.


Other Information

Degree: Ph.D. Musicology | Case Western Reserve University

Specialty: Musicology