Professor of Art, Art History and Visual Studies
Ph.D., University of Chicago 1990
M.A., University of Arizona 1984
B.A., Concordia College 1980
David Morgan is Professor of Religious Studies with a secondary appointment in the Department of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies at Duke. He chaired the Department of Religious Studies from 2013 to 2019. Morgan received the Ph.D. at the University of Chicago in 1990. He has published several books and dozens of essays on the history of religious visual culture, fine art, and art theory. Images at Work: The Material Culture of Enchantment, was published in 2018 by Oxford University Press. The Forge of Vision: A Visual History of Modern Christianity, based on the 2012 Cadbury Lectures delivered at the University of Birmingham, UK, appeared in 2015 from the University of California Press. Previous books include The Embodied Eye: Religious Visual Culture and the Social Life of Feeling (California, 2012), The Lure of Images: A History of Religion and Visual Media in America (Routledge, 2007) and two that he edited and contributed to: Religion and Material Culture: The Matter of Belief (Routledge, 2010) and Key Words in Religion, Media, and Culture (Routledge, 2008). Earlier works: The Sacred Gaze (California, 2005), Protestants and Pictures (Oxford, 1999), and Visual Piety (University of California Press, 1998). Morgan is co-founder and co-editor of the international scholarly journal, Material Religion, and co-editor of a book series entitled "Bloomsbury Studies in Material Religion," published by Bloomsbury, London. He is currently at work on a new book under contract with the University of North Carolina Press, entitled "The Thing about Religion: An Introduction to the Material Study of Religions."
ExpertiseHistory of religious visual culture, art history and critical theory, religion and media
Morgan, D. Images at work: The material culture of enchantment. 2018, pp. 1–230. Scopus, doi:10.1093/oso/9780190272111.001.0001. Full Text
Van Rompay, L., et al. The long shadow of vatican II: Living faith and negotiating authority since the second vatican council. 2015, pp. 1–165.
Morgan, D. The Forge of Vision: A Visual History of Modern Christianity. University of California Press, 2015.
Morgan, David. The Embodied Eye: Religious Visual Culture and the Social Life of Feeling. University of California Press, 2012.
Morgan, David. The Sacred Heart of Jesus: The Visual Evolution of a Devotion. Amsterdam University Press, 2008.
Morgan, D., and J. Elkins, editors. Re-enchantment. Vol. 7, Routledge, 2008.
Morgan, David. The Lure of Images: A History of Religion and Visual Media in America. Routledge, 2007.
Morgan, D. The sacred gaze: Religious visual culture in theory and practice. 2005.
Morgan, D., and S. Promey, editors. The Visual Culture of American Religions. Taylor & Francis US, 2001.
Van Rompay, L., et al. “Epilogue.” The Long Shadow of Vatican II: Living Faith and Negotiating Authority Since the Second Vatican Council, 2015, pp. 128–37.
Morgan, D. “The Senses in Religion: Migrations of Sacred and Sensory Values.” A Cultural History of the Senses, edited by Jerry P. Toner et al., Berg, 2014, pp. 89–111.
Morgan, D. “The Image of the Protestant Bible in America.” The Bible in the Public Square, edited by Mark A. Chancey et al., Society of Biblical Literature, 2014, pp. 93–120.
Morgan, D. “Reflection: Religious tracts in the eighteenth century.” Media, Religion and Culture: An Introduction, 2014, pp. 84–85.
Morgan, David. “Art, Material Culture, and Lived Religion.” The Oxford Handbook of Religion and the Arts, edited by Frank Burch Brown, Oxford University Press, 2013.
Morgan, David. “Kimsooja and the Art of Place.” Kimsooja: Unfolding, Vancouver Art Gallery, 2013, pp. 115–23.
Morgan, David. “Rhetoric of the Heart: Figuring the Body in Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.” Things: Material Religion and the Topography of Divine Spaces, Fordham University Press, 2012, pp. 90–111.
Morgan, David. “The Look of the Sacred.” Cambridge Companion to Religious Studies, edited by Robert A. Orsi, Cambridge University Press, 2012, pp. 296–318.
Morgan, David. “Religion and Visuality in America: Material Economies of the Sacred.” Cambridge History of Religions in America, 3 Vols., edited by Stephen Stein, vol. 1, Cambridge University Press, 2012, pp. 748–80.
Morgan, David. “Saints and Sacred Matter: the Cult of Relics in Byzantium and Beyond.” Material Religion, vol. 12, no. 4, Informa UK Limited, 27 Oct. 2016, pp. 524–25. Crossref, doi:10.1080/17432200.2016.1237748. Full Text
Morgan, David. “Commun(icat)ing Bodies: Body as a Medium in Religious Symbol Systems.” Journal of Contemporary Religion, vol. 31, no. 2, Informa UK Limited, 3 May 2016, pp. 292–94. Crossref, doi:10.1080/13537903.2016.1152696. Full Text
Morgan, David. “Jay N. Price Temples for a Modern God: Religious Architecture in Postwar AmericaTemples for a Modern God: Religious Architecture in Postwar America. By Jay N. Price. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013. Pp. ix+256.” History of Religions, vol. 54, no. 3, University of Chicago Press, Feb. 2015, pp. 380–82. Crossref, doi:10.1086/678997. Full Text
Morgan, David. “The Sensuous in the Counter-Reformation Church. Edited by Marcia B. Hall and Tracy E. Cooper. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013. xv + 339 pp. $99.00 cloth.” Church History, vol. 83, no. 4, Cambridge University Press (CUP), Dec. 2014, pp. 1037–38. Crossref, doi:10.1017/s0009640714001395. Full Text
Morgan, D. “Temples for a modern god: religious architecture in postwar America.” Choice Reviews Online, vol. 51, no. 01, 1 Sept. 2013, pp. 51-0093-51–0093. Manual, doi:10.5860/CHOICE.51-0093. Full Text
Morgan, David. “Approaches to the Visual in Religion. Edited by Daria Pezzoli-Olgiati and Christopher Rowland.” International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, vol. 23, no. 3, Informa UK Limited, July 2013, pp. 250–52. Crossref, doi:10.1080/10508619.2012.728070. Full Text
Morgan, David. “Review of Christ to Coke: How Image Becomes Icon by Martin Kemp.” Material Religion: The Journal of Objects, Art and Belief, vol. 9, no. 1, 1 Mar. 2013, pp. 121–22. Manual, doi:10.2752/175183413X13535214684375. Full Text
Morgan, David. “Juliane Schmieglitz-Otten., ed. Die Celler Schlosskapelle: Kunstwelten, Politikwelten, Glaubenswelten. Munich: Hirmer Verlag, 2012. 260 pp. €49.90. ISBN: 978–3–7774–7031–3.” Renaissance Quarterly, vol. 66, no. 4, Cambridge University Press (CUP), 2013, pp. 1383–84. Crossref, doi:10.1086/675119. Full Text
Morgan, David. “Celeste Brusati , Karl A. E. Enenkel , and Walter S. Melion, eds. The Authority of the Word: Reflecting on Image and Text in Northern Europe, 1400–1700. Emory University, Lovis Corinth Colloquia III. Intersections: Interdisciplinary Studies in Early Modern Culture 20. Leiden: Brill, 2012. xl + 708 pp. $245. ISBN: 978–90–04–21515–3.” Renaissance Quarterly, vol. 65, no. 3, Cambridge University Press (CUP), 2012, pp. 896–97. Crossref, doi:10.1086/668323. Full Text
Morgan, D. “Soldier Statues and Empty Pedestals: Public Memory in the Wake of the Confederacy.” Material Religion, vol. 14, no. 1, Jan. 2018, pp. 153–57. Scopus, doi:10.1080/17432200.2017.1418231. Full Text Open Access Copy
Morgan, David. “How pictures complete us: the beautiful, the sublime, and the divine.” Material Religion, vol. 14, no. 1, Informa UK Limited, Jan. 2018, pp. 135–36. Crossref, doi:10.1080/17432200.2017.1418228. Full Text Open Access Copy
Morgan, D. “Defining the sacred in fine art and devotional imagery.” Religion, vol. 47, no. 4, Oct. 2017, pp. 641–62. Scopus, doi:10.1080/0048721X.2017.1361587. Full Text Open Access Copy
Morgan, David. “Religious Objects in Museums: Private Lives and Public Duties.” Journal of Contemporary Religion, vol. 29, no. 2, Informa UK Limited, May 2014, pp. 359–60. Crossref, doi:10.1080/13537903.2014.903680. Full Text Open Access Copy
Morgan, David. “The Ecology of Images: Seeing and the Study of Religion.” Religion and Society, vol. 5, no. 1, Berghahn Books, Jan. 2014. Crossref, doi:10.3167/arrs.2014.050106. Full Text Open Access Copy
Morgan, D. “Violence and Memory.” The Revealer, 12 May 2011.
Morgan, D. Liberty and Liberty Together. 10 June 2009.
Morgan, D. “The Materiality of Cultural Construction.” Material Religion, vol. 4, no. 2, July 2008, pp. 228–29.
Morgan, D. “Materiality.” Encyclopedia of Missions and Missionaries, Routledge, 2007.
Morgan, David. “Reformed Theology and Visual Culture: The Protestant Imagination from Calvin to Edwards. By William A. Dyrness. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004. xv + 342 pp. $85.00 cloth; $29.99 paper.” Church History, vol. 74, no. 2, Cambridge University Press (CUP), June 2005, pp. 384–85. Crossref, doi:10.1017/s0009640700110492. Full Text
Morgan, David. “Reviews of Books:From Meetinghouse to Megachurch: A Material and Cultural History Anne C. Loveland, Otis B. Wheeler.” The American Historical Review, vol. 110, no. 1, Feb. 2005, pp. 124–124. Manual, doi:10.1086/531151. Full Text
Morgan, D. “The Image of the Image of the Image.” Image, vol. 42, June 2004.
Morgan, D. “Antigone’s Wall: Magadalena Abakanowicz and the Allure of Images.” Image, vol. 43, 2004, pp. 25–33.
Matter on the Move: The Plasticity of Things in Shifting Taxonomies. international conference on "Christianity and the Limits of Materiality". University of Turku, Finland. September 25, 2014 - September 26, 2014
“Visual Riffing: The Circulation of Images in Modern Media” and “Teaching with the Visual Arts in the Religious Studies Classroom”. Annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion. November 21, 2014 - 2014
Phenomenology and Network Theory: A Collaborative Model. Boardman Lecture, and key note address for conference on “Religion and Material Culture” . University of Pennsylvania, Department of Religious Studies. April 4, 2014
Material Religion: State of the Art awarded by (Principal Investigator). 2015
Fellowships, Supported Research, & Other Grants
Research & Travel Grant awarded by Stichting Porticus, Amsterdam (2004 to 2005)
NEH Humanities Fellowship awarded by National Endowment for the Humanities (2001 to 2002)
Postdoctoral Fellowship in the History of Art and Humanities awarded by J. Paul Getty (1996 to 1997)
Pew Postdoctoral Fellowship in Religion and American History awarded by Yale University (1994 to 1995)