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Megan B. Woller

  • Assistant Professor
    Fine Arts Program

Courses Taught


  • Introduction to Music (LFIN 251)
  • American Popular Music (LFIN 256)
  • Introduction to Theatre/Theatre and Culture (LFIN 250/ARTS 111)

Educational History

  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Ph.D. in Musicology with a graduate minor in Cinema Studies, Dissertation title:  "Happ'ly-Ever-Aftering: Changing Social and Industry Conventions, 1960-75," 2014.
  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, M.M. in Musicology, 2010.
  • Saint Mary's College, B. M. in Vocal Performance, 2008.


  • Forthcoming, "A Humane, Practical, and Beautiful Solution: Feminism and Polyandry in Paint Your Wagon (1969)," chapter in The Oxford Handbook of Musical Theater Adaptations, ed. Dominc McHugh. Under contract, Oxford University Press.
  • "The Lusty Court of Camelot (1967): Exploring Sexuality in the Hollywood Adaptation," Music and the Moving Image 8, no. 1 (Spring 2015): 3-18.
  • "'This is Our Turf!': Puerto Rican Youths in the 1961 Film Adaptation of West Side Story," Studies in Musical Theatre 8, no. 1 (March 2014): 27-41.
  • "Barbra Streisand and Film Musical Stardom in the Early 1970s," American Musicological Society Southwest Conference Proceedings, Volume 5, Spring 2016 Issue.
  • "'You Can Sing Most Anything': The American Folk Revival in The Sound of Music (1965)," American Musicological Society Southwest Conference Proceedings, Volume 3, Fall 2014 Issue.
  • Forthcoming, "Review of A Critical Companion to the American Stage Musical by Elizabeth Wollman," Journal of American Studies.
  • Forthcoming, "Media Review of," American Music 36, no. 1 (Spring 2018).
  • "Review of Sounding the Gallery: Video and the Rise of Art-Music by Holly Rogers (Oxford University Press, 2013)," Journal of Musicological Research 35, no. 3 (March 2016): 264-66.
  • "Review of Dangerous Rhythm: Why Movie Musicals Matter by Richard Barrios (Oxford University Press, 2014)" American Music 32, no. 3 (Fall 2014): 364-66.


My research focuses on the study of adaptation, particularly Hollywood adaptations of Broadway musicals. Currently, I am researching musical retellings of Arthurian legend in popular culture. Additional interests include the star image of Barbra Streisand, popular music, and women in music.

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