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 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, 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: 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."
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 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.
Paul, S. M., et al. “Emerging infectious diseases: new and resistant strains of HIV..” New Jersey Medicine : The Journal of the Medical Society of New Jersey, vol. 94, no. 6, June 1997, pp. 43–47.
Morgan, D. “German character and artistic form: The cultural politics of German art theory, 1773-1814.” European Romantic Review, vol. 6, no. 2, Dec. 1996, pp. 183–212. Scopus, doi:10.1080/10509589608570006. Full Text
Paul, S. M., et al. “Recommendations for HIV occupational exposure..” New Jersey Medicine : The Journal of the Medical Society of New Jersey, vol. 93, no. 11, Nov. 1996, pp. 49–54.
Morgan, D. L., and P. Z. Zhao. “The Doctor-Caregiver Relationship: Managing the Care of Family Members with Alzheimer's Disease.” Qualitative Health Research, vol. 3, no. 2, Jan. 1993, pp. 133–64. Scopus, doi:10.1177/104973239300300202. 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)