David Morgan

David Morgan

Professor of Religious 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 also chairs the Department of Religious Studies at Duke. Morgan received his 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, on art history and critical theory, and on religion and media. Images at Work: The Material Culture of Enchantment, will appear in 2018 from 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: Visual Piety (University of California Press, 1998), Protestants and Pictures (Oxford, 1999), and The Sacred Gaze (California, 2005). Morgan is co-founder and co-editor of the international scholarly journal, Material Religion, and co-editor of a book series at Routledge entitled “Religion, Media, and Culture.” Morgan 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 Studying the Materiality of Belief."


History of religious visual culture, art history and critical theory, religion and media


The Sacred Heart of Jesus: The Visual Evolution of a Devotion
From its origins in the mid-seventeenth century visions of the French nun Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647–90) to its continuing employment in worship today, the Devotion to the... read more »
Religion and Material Culture: The Matter of Belief
Religious belief is rooted in and sustained by material practice, and this book provides an extraordinary insight into how it works on the ground. David Morgan has brought... read more »
The Embodied Eye: Religious Visual Culture and the Social Life of Feeling
David Morgan builds on his previous groundbreaking work to offer this new, systematically integrated theory of the study of religion as visual culture. Providing key tools... read more »

Morgan, D. "For Christ and the Republic: Religious Illustration and the History of Literacy in Nineteenth-Century America." The Visual Culture of American Religions. Ed. D Morgan and SM Promey. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2001. 49-67. (Chapter)

Morgan, D. "The Masculinity of Jesus in Popular Religious Art." Men’s Bodies, Men’s Gods: Male Identities in a [Post]Christian Culture. Ed. B Krondorfer. New York University Press, 1996. 251-266. (Chapter)

Morgan, D. "Warner Sallman and the Visual Culture of American Protestantism." Icons of American Protestantism: The Art of Warner Sallman. Ed. D Morgan. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1996. 25-60. (Chapter)

Morgan, D. "’Would Jesus Have Sat for a Portrait?’ The Likeness of Christ in the Popular Reception of Sallman’s Art." Icons of American Protestantism: The Art of Warner Sallman. Ed. D Morgan. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1996. 181-206. (Chapter)


Morgan, D. "Maintaining state in Web applications." Network Security 2006.6 (June 2006): 16-18. Full Text

Morgan, D. "Web application security – SQL injection attacks." Network Security 2006.4 (April 2006): 4-5. Full Text

Morgan, D. "Web Injection Attacks." Network Security 2006.3 (March 2006): 8-10. Full Text

Morgan, D. "Risk management – getting properly valued." Network Security 2006.2 (February 2006): 10-11. Full Text

CORRIGAN, J, MORGAN, D, SILK, M, and WILLIAMS, RH. "Forum: Electronic Media and the Study of American Religion." Religion and American Culture 16.1 (January 2006): 1-24. Full Text

Morgan, D. "Response to spackman, "reconsidering 'kitsch'"." Material Religion 1.3 (December 1, 2005): 417-419.

Morgan, D. "The evolution of security purchasing." Network Security 2005.11 (November 2005): 11-12. Full Text

Morgan, D. "Fool-proofing firewalls." Network Security 2005.9 (September 2005): 9-11. Full Text

Morgan, D. "Low-level network assessment: firewalls." Network Security 2005.1 (January 2005): 14-16. Full Text

Morgan, D. "Deploying extranets?." Network Security 2004.12 (December 2004): 12-14. Full Text


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)

Fall 2017

Catholic Visual Piety (ARTHIST 859.01)
Gray 094, F 01:25 PM-03:55 PM

Fall 2016

Religious Material Culture (ARTHIST 911.01)
Gray 094, F 01:25 PM-03:55 PM

Spring 2014

Religious Material Culture (ARTHIST 911.01)
Gray 220, F 01:40 PM-04:10 PM