David Morgan

David Morgan

Professor of Religious Studies

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Chicago 1990

  • M.A., University of Arizona 1984

  • B.A., Concordia College 1980

Overview

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."

Expertise

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

Projects

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 »
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 »
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. "Does IT hang together?." Network Security 2004.11 (November 2004): 8-10. Full Text

Morgan, D. "Securing high availability Web applications." Network Security 2004.5 (May 2004): 8-11. Full Text

Morgan, D. "Network security and custom Web applications." Network Security 2004.4 (April 2004): 15-17. Full Text

Morgan, D. "Visual Religion." Religion 30.1 (January 2000): 41-53. Full Text

Morgan, D. "Care Orders in Wardship Cases." Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law 6.2 (March 1, 1984): 66-88. Full Text

Morgan, D. "Youth Call-Up: Social Policy for the Young." Critical Social Policy 1.2 (September 1981): 101-110. Full Text

Morgan, D. "Children in care and social security." Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law 3.2 (April 1, 1981): 196-214. Full Text

Morgan, D. "SPECIFYING ECONOMICAL UPS SYSTEMS TO MEET POWER NEEDS." Specifying engineer 46.5 (January 1, 1981): 61-63.

Morgan, D. "Children in care and social security." Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law 3.5 (1981): 196-214. Full Text

Pages

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