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, on art history and critical theory, and on religion and media. 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 Studying the Materiality of Belief."
ExpertiseHistory of religious visual culture, art history and critical theory, religion and media
Morgan, D. “For Christ and the Republic: Religious Illustration and the History of Literacy in Nineteenth-Century America.” The Visual Culture of American Religions, edited by D. Morgan and S. M. Promey, University of California Press, 2001, pp. 49–67.
Morgan, D. “The Image of Religion in American LIFE, 1936-1951.” Looking at LIFE, edited by E. Doss, Smithsonian Institution Press, 2001, pp. 139–57.
Morgan, D. “The Masculinity of Jesus in Popular Religious Art.” Men’s Bodies, Men’s Gods: Male Identities in a [Post]Christian Culture, edited by B. Krondorfer, New York University Press, 1996, pp. 251–66.
Morgan, D. “Warner Sallman and the Visual Culture of American Protestantism.” Icons of American Protestantism: The Art of Warner Sallman, edited by D. Morgan, Yale University Press, 1996, pp. 25–60.
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, edited by D. Morgan, Yale University Press, 1996, pp. 181–206.
Morgan, D. “Kuvat, sanat ja kääntyminen—painetun sanan kultturi ja uskonnollisten kuvien levittäminen protestanttisen lähestystyön historiassa [Print Culture and the Circulation of Imagery in Protestant Mission History].” Pyhä Media [Pious Media], edited by J. Sumiala-Seppänen, Atena Kustannus, pp. 167–76.
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Weinberg, W. C., et al. “Reconstitution of hair follicle development in vivo: determination of follicle formation, hair growth, and hair quality by dermal cells..” The Journal of Investigative Dermatology, vol. 100, no. 3, Mar. 1993, pp. 229–36. Epmc, doi:10.1111/1523-1747.ep12468971. Full Text
Hennings, H., et al. “Critical aspects of initiation, promotion, and progression in multistage epidermal carcinogenesis..” Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine. Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine (New York, N.Y.), vol. 202, no. 1, Jan. 1993, pp. 1–8. Epmc, doi:10.3181/00379727-202-43511a. Full Text
Yuspa, S. H., et al. “Cultivation and characterization of cells derived from mouse skin papillomas induced by an initiation-promotion protocol..” Carcinogenesis, vol. 7, no. 6, June 1986, pp. 949–58. Epmc, doi:10.1093/carcin/7.6.949. Full Text
Kilkenny, A. E., et al. “Correlation of initiating potency of skin carcinogens with potency to induce resistance to terminal differentiation in cultured mouse keratinocytes..” Cancer Research, vol. 45, no. 5, May 1985, pp. 2219–25.
Hennings, H., et al. “Characteristics of cell lines derived from mouse papillomas.” Proceedings of the American Association for Cancer Research, vol. VOL. 26, Jan. 1985.
Yuspa, S. H., and D. L. Morgan. “Mouse skin cells resistant to terminal differentiation associated with initiation of carcinogenesis..” Nature, vol. 293, no. 5827, Sept. 1981, pp. 72–74. Epmc, doi:10.1038/293072a0. Full Text
Yuspa, S. H., et al. “Chemical carcinogenesis studies in mouse epidermal cell cultures..” Current Problems in Dermatology, vol. 10, Jan. 1980, pp. 171–91. Epmc, doi:10.1159/000396289. Full Text
Hennings, H., et al. “Purine-specific reapir of beta-propiolacton-induced DNA damage in mouse skin cells..” The Journal of Investigative Dermatology, vol. 62, no. 5, May 1974, pp. 480–84. Epmc, doi:10.1111/1523-1747.ep12680983. Full Text
Elias, P. M., et al. “In vitro neoplastic transformation of mouse skin cells: morphology and ultrastructure of cells and tumors.” Journal of Investigative Dermatology, vol. 62, no. 6, Jan. 1974, pp. 569–81. Scopus, doi:10.1111/1523-1747.ep12679422. 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)