Research Areas: Musicology
Peter Graff is a Ph.D. candidate in musicology at CWRU, where he studies music in popular culture, especially screen and American stage traditions. His dissertation, “Music, Entertainment, and the Negotiation of Ethnic Identity in Cleveland’s Neighborhood Theaters, 1914-1924,” considers diasporic music theater traditions in Cleveland’s German, Eastern European Jewish, African American, and Slovenian communities. Peter’s work has earned the support of the Alvin H. Johnson AMS 50 Dissertation Fellowship as well as the AMS Ora Frishberg Saloman Research Endowment. In 2017, he received the David Sanjek Graduate Student Paper Prize of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music–US Branch.