Emily Morgan  PhD

Emily Morgan PhD

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




Campus Office: 387 Design

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


Research Interests

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

Current Projects

  • Book project Imaging Animal Industry: Visualizing the American Meatpacking Trade 


  • Ongoing collaboration with Dr. Camille Bellet, Ph.D., DVM, examining uses of visual imagery and imaging technologies in historical and present-day breeding and farming practices


PhD, Art History, University of Arizona, 2012

MA, Art History, University of Arizona, 2006

BA, English, Tufts University, 2000

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

Selected Publications

  • Bellet, Camille, and Morgan, Emily Kathryn. “Breed(ing) Narratives: Visualizing Values in Industrial Farming.” Animal Studies Journal 11:1 (2022): 200-255.
  • Invited talk: “Photographing Industrial Slaughter in Chicago’s Packingtown,” American Meat Science Association Webinar Series, May 24.
  • “’You are Walking Through Blood Now’: Routine and Rupture in the Packinghouse”
  • “’The Hog-Squeal of the Universe’: Photographing Industrial Slaughter"
  • “Selling Meat to Mrs. Consumer in Midcentury America”
  • Publication Subvention Grant, Office of the Vice President for Research, Iowa State University.
  • “Picturing Packing: Commercial Visions of the American Meat Trade”
  • Alvin Achenbaum Travel Grant, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Duke University.
  • Morgan, Emily Kathryn. “’Those Truly Augean Stables’: International Visions of Chicago’s Packingtown.” Food and History 16:2 (issue date 2018, published 2019): 107-134.
  • “Imaging Animal Industry: Visualizing the American Meatpacking Trade”
  • 2019 Dorothy Schwieder Prize, Midwestern History Association (MHA), awarded for my article “’Those Truly Augean Stables’: International Visions of Chicago’s Packingtown.”
  • “Mastering Animal Bodies: Perspective as an Organizing Principle in Packinghouse Photographs”
  • Polster Teaching Award, College of Design, Iowa State University
  • "Imaging Animal Industry: Visualizing the American Meatpacking Trade," video at https://vimeo.com/album/5881906/video/327783659
  • 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
  • Morgan, Emily Kathryn. “Harry Callahan’s Pornographic Appropriations.” Art Journal 77:3 (Fall 2018): 92-112.
  • Morgan, Emily Kathryn. “Waterloo Packer: Selling Slaughter.” History of Photography 42:2 (May 2018), 128-145.
  • Morgan, Emily Kathryn. "Striking Images: Photographs of Iowa Packinghouse Labor Conflict, 1948-1960.” Annals of Iowa 77:2 (Spring 2018): 151-189.
  • Organizer and Chair, CAA panel "Histories of Fake News," Los Angeles, CA
  • Organizer and Chair, SECAC panel "Beastly Spirits and Spirited Beasts"
  • “Photography and the Rise of a Global Trade in Meat,” presented at European Society for Nineteenth-Century Art, Antwerp, Belgium
  • Iowa State University Faculty Foreign Travel Grant
  • Grants to Scholars, Friends of the Library, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • "Waterloo Packer: Sanitizing Slaughter," presented at SECAC
  • Research Grant, Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities, Iowa State University
  • "Travels in the Sanitary Landscape: St. Louis and Chicago, 1904," presented at the College Art Association Annual Conference
  • Research Grant for Authors, State Historical Society of Iowa
  • Morgan, Emily Kathryn. Street Life in London: Context and Commentary. Edinburgh / Boston: MuseumsEtc.
  • Morgan, Emily Kathryn. “Preface,” Street Life in London, by John Thomson and Adolphe Smith. Rpt. Edinburgh / Boston: MuseumsEtc.