Associate Professor and Chair
Focuses on film and media theory, documentary and avant-garde cinema, critical theory and cultural studies, film and video production, and critical political economy

Humanities 301C

Morgan Adamson is a scholar-practitioner who teaches at the intersections of film and digital media, critical theory, and cultural studies. Her book, Enduring Images: A Future History of New Left Cinema (University of Minnesota Press, 2018), examines how cinema became a form of collective resistance within international New Left social movements during the 1960s and 1970s. It argues that New Left cinema is a site to examine, through the lens of struggle, the reshaping of global capitalism at this pivotal moment. She has also published on the relationship between culture and finance capitalism, particularly in the areas of race, technology, and colonialism. She is currently working on a documentary essay film that addresses the promise and pitfalls of architectural utopianism in Minneapolis during the 1960s and 1970s and a digital humanities project on the use of stadiums in times of crisis. Before joining the Macalester faculty in 2013, she was an ACLS New Faculty Fellow at Duke University. She received her PhD from the department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota.

Selected Publications:
Enduring Images: A Future History of New Left Cinema (University of Minnesota Press, 2018).

“Internal Colony as Political Perspective: Counterinsurgency, Extraction, and Anticolonial Legacies of ’68 in the United States,” Cultural Politics (2019) Vol. 15, 3: 343-357.
In special issue of Cultural Politics, “Legacies of ’68: Histories, Geographies, Epistemologies,” edited by Morgan Adamson and Sarah Hamblin.

“Toward a New Mode of Study: The New Student Left and the Occupation of Cinema in Columbia Revolt and The Battlefront for the Liberation of Japan-Summer in Sanrizuka” in 1968 and Global Cinema, Sara Saljoughi and Christina Gerhardt, eds. (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2018).

“Markets Without Subjects: Nasdaq and the Financial Interface,” New Formations: A Journal of Culture/Theory/Politics (2016) Vol. 88: 69-87.

“Accounting for Ashes: The Art of Sabotage in the Chilean Student Movement,” Minnesota Review (2015) Vol. 85: 162-169.

“Closure of the ‘Gold Window’: From ‘Camera-Eye’ to ‘Brain-Screen,’” Film-Philosophy (2013) Vol.17: 245-264.

“Labor, Finance, Counterrevolution: Finally Got the News at the End of the Short American Century,” South Atlantic Quarterly (Fall 2012) Vol. 111, 4: 803-823.

“The Human Capital Strategy,” Ephemera: Theory and Politics in Organization (2009) Vol. 9: 271-284.

“The Financialization of Student Life: Five Propositions on Student Debt,” Polygraph: International Journal of Culture and Politics (2009) Vol. 21: 107-120.

Selected works available through Macalester’s Digital Commons


Spring 2023 Office Hours: Mondays from 2:00-3:30 pm and by appointment.