Morgan Harper

PhD Candidate

Working Dissertation


Stuck Between Stations: New York Drug Users, Bad Trips, and Survival Films


Brian Price


Morgan Harper is a PhD Candidate at the University of Toronto’s Cinema Studies Institute. He holds a BA (Honours) and an MA in Film Studies from the University of British Columbia. Morgan’s dissertation considers Manhattan as an inhospitable setting for criminalized drug use through the films of David Wojnarowicz, Khalik Allah, Abel Ferrara, and Zoë Lund, amongst others. His research interests include film theory, drug prohibition, theories of set and setting, New York, surrealism, and moral philosophy.

Selected Work


  • 2018 Claudia Gorbman Graduate Student Writing Award - Honourable Mention 
  • 2018 Atom Egoyan Cinema Studies Scholarship 
  • 2017-2018 SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship - Master’s Award


MA, University of British Columbia
BA, University of British Columbia