Skip to content

Marsha Morton

Visiting Professor


My research and teaching are based on the definition of art history as cultural history. My publications have focused on nineteenth-century visual culture and the history of ideas in Germany and Austria, with specific interconnections related to evolutionary theory, anthropology, psychology, music, and the origins of modernism. I recently explored issues of race and ethnography in Viennese depictions of the Islamic Egyptian working-class and have co-edited the anthology “Constructions of Race on the Borders of Europe: Ethnography, Anthropology, and Visual Culture, 1850-1930” (Bloomsbury Press 2021). Other books include “Max Klinger and Wilhelmine Culture: On the Threshold of German Modernism” (Ashgate 2014), the co-edited anthology “The Arts Entwined: Music and Painting in the Nineteenth-Century” (Garland 2000), and the catalog and exhibition on Pratt’s early history, “Pratt and Its Gallery: The Arts & Crafts Years” (1999). I am currently co-editing the anthology “Visual Culture and Pandemic Disease since 1750” for Routledge Press.  Expected publication date is June 2023.  I have served as past President and Treasurer of the organization, The Historians of German, Scandinavian, and Central European Art (HGSCEA). After several decades as Professor at Pratt, I am currently transitioning to retirement by teaching one course a semester.

M.A., University of Chicago; Ph.D., Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.