Department of Cinema and Media Studies and the College
Daniel Morgan’s work focuses on the intersection between cinema and aesthetics, in particular the way in which the close analysis of films supports or enables a range of broader theoretical and philosophical arguments. His first book, Late Godard and the Possibilities of Cinema, was published in 2012. He is currently writing a book on the history and aesthetics of camera movements, and co-authoring a book on film and philosophy with Richard Neer of the University of Chicago. He has also published essays in a number of edited collections and journals, including Critical Inquiry, Paragraph, and Critical Quarterly.
Other current research involves a rethinking of some of the critical and theoretical concepts from central texts in the history of film theory (especially focusing on André Bazin), the relation between film and the other arts, experimental film and video, the emergence of new media technologies, the history of nonfiction film, animation, and general problems of media, style, and aesthetics. In addition to Godard, he is currently interested in the films of Terrence Malick, Orson Welles, Jean Renoir, and Jim Davis.
Morgan received a BA from Harvard University, as well as an MA in cinema and television studies from Birkbeck College, University of London. He earned his PhD in cinema and media studies from the University of Chicago. Previously he was a member of the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh.
Morgan joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2013.