Emily Morgan

Emily Morgan PhD

Associate Professor, Art and Visual Culture (Contemporary Art History)
Director of Graduate Education, Art and Visual Culture

Signature Research Areas



Campus Office: 387 Design

Mailing Address
Art and Visual Culture Department
158 College of Design
Ames, IA, 50011


BA, English, Tufts University --2000

BFA, Studio Arts, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston --2000

MA, Art History, University of Arizona --2006

PhD, Art History, University of Arizona --2012


Research Interests

History of photography; photography of industry; circulation and distribution of photographic imagery; animal studies.

Emily Kathryn Morgan is Associate Professor of Art History at Iowa State University. She received her Ph.D. in History and Theory of Art from the University of Arizona. Her research focuses on the history of photography, addressing how photographic meaning shifts as images are circulated and redistributed by various means including publication and appropriation. Previous research projects have focused on the appropriation of pornographic imagery in American modernist photography; and on photographically-illustrated accounts of poverty and street culture in nineteenth-century Britain. Her current research project considers the visual cultures of industrial-scale animal slaughter and meat production in the United States.

Dr. Morgan is the author of Street Life in London: Context and Commentary (MuseumsEtc. 2014), and she has published articles in Art Journal, History of Photography, and Food and History, among others. Her book Imaging Animal Industry: American Meatpacking in Photography and Visual Culture is forthcoming from the University of Iowa Press.

Current Projects

Selected scholarship:

Book: Imaging Animal Industry: Visualizing the American Meatpacking Trade, forthcoming from University of Iowa Press.

Article: Bellet, Camille, and Morgan, Emily Kathryn. “Breed(ing) Narratives: Visualizing Values in Industrial Farming.” Animal Studies Journal 11:1 (2022): 200-255. Published online at https://ro.uow.edu.au/asj/vol11/iss1/10 .

Article: Morgan, Emily Kathryn. “’Those Truly Augean Stables’: International Visions of Chicago’s Packingtown.” Food and History 16:2 (2019): 107-134.

Article: Morgan, Emily Kathryn.  “Harry Callahan’s Pornographic Appropriations.” Art Journal 77:3 (Fall 2018): 92-112.  DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/00043249.2018.1530013

Article: Morgan, Emily Kathryn.  “Waterloo Packer: Selling Slaughter.”  History of Photography 42:2 (May 2018), 128-145.  DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/03087298.2018.1500786

Article: Morgan, Emily Kathryn.  "Striking Images: Photographs of Iowa Packinghouse Labor Conflict, 1948-1960.” Annals of Iowa 77:2 (Spring 2018): 151-189. DOI: https://doi.org/10.17077/0003-4827.12500

Book chapter: Morgan, Emily Kathryn.  “’True Types of the London Poor’: Street Life in London’s Transitional Typology,” in Visual Typologies from the Early Modern to the Contemporary: Local Practices and Global Contexts, eds. Lynda Klich and Tara Zanardi.  New York: Routledge, 2018: 121-134.

Invited presentation: “Photographing Industrial Slaughter in Chicago’s Packingtown,” American Meat Science Association Webinar Series, May 24, 2022. Recording available at https://meatscience.org/publications-resources/webinars/webinar/photographing-industrial-slaughter-in-chicago's-packingtown

Invited presentation: “Imaging Animal Industry: Visualizing the American Meatpacking Trade,” Visual Studies Research Institute, University of Southern California. Part of the VSRI lecture series "Selling the Story: Commercial Pictures and Visual Persuasion,” co-sponsored by VSRI and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Dec. 5, 2019.

Conference presentation: “Rendering Rendering: Photographing Animal Extraction,” College Art Association (CAA) Annual Conference, Photography Network sponsored session, New York, NY, Feb. 15, 2023.

Conference presentation: “’You are Walking Through Blood Now’: Routine and Rupture in the Packinghouse,” British Animal Studies Network (BASN), Virtual conference, April 16, 2021.

Conference presentation: “’The Hog-Squeal of the Universe’: Photographing Industrial Slaughter," College Art Association (CAA) Annual Conference, Feb. 11, 2021.