Associate Professor, Art History
PhD, University of California, Los Angeles
Office: 232(B) Morgan Hall
Jo-Ann Morgan is the author "Uncle Tom's Cabin" as Visual Culture
(University of Missouri Press, 2007)
winner of the 2008 Peter Seaborg Award for Civil War Nonfiction. She received her Ph.D. in art history
from the University of California, Los Angeles (1997) and also has degrees in studio art from the
University of Wyoming (MFA) and the California College of the Arts (BFA).
She is associate professor
of art history in a dual appointment with the Department of African American Studies and Department of
Art at Western Illinois University. Her articles on the representation of African Americans in American
visual culture have been published in American Art, Journal of American Studies, Journal of American
Culture, and Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC) Review
Since 2008, she has hosted the television
interview program "15 Minutes with Jo-Ann Morgan" on WIUTV cable channel 3 in Macomb, Illinois.
A second show is in post-production, titled "Illinois Artist Conversations," featuring interviews
she has conducted with African American artists born before 1960, including Richard Hunt,
Preston Jackson, John H. White, and Emory Douglas. She is currently researching for a book project
about the Black Power Movement in visual culture.