Lecturer (Musicology)

Megan K. Eagen (Lecturer) earned her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her doctoral dissertation explored intersections of music and religious identity in late-Renaissance Augsburg, Germany, through the lens of psalm motets. Eagen has been the recipient of numerous travel and research grants, particularly in support of this project, including a Research Award funded by UNC’s Program in Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS) and a full-year Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) Fellowship.

Eagen has presented her work at national and international conferences in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, and the Czech Republic, including the national gatherings of the American Musicological Society (Vancouver) and the Renaissance Society of America (Chicago), and the International Musicological Society Congress (Rome). Eagen’s current research continues to focus on late-Renaissance polyphony and has expanded to include polyphonic Lieder. Eagen’s scholastic interests also include music of the Second Viennese School, Celtic repertories, and rock music.

Eagen graduated magna cum laude with a B.M. in Music Composition and a B.S. in Physics and Astronomy from Iowa State University. She holds an M.A. in Humanities from the University of Chicago and an M.A. in Music from UNC. Following the completion of her Ph.D., she accepted a position at East Carolina University in Greenville, where she taught core courses in music history and theory (2016-2017). She is delighted to return to UNC as a Lecturer for the current academic year. Eagen plays piano, oboe, and Irish tin whistle and maintains a private piano studio. She enjoys running, hiking, and all forms of travel.