Professor of Religious Studies
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."
Material Religion: State of the Art awarded by Henry Luce Foundation, Inc. (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)
Morgan, D. The Forge of Vision: A Visual History of Modern Christianity. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2015. (Monograph)
Morgan, D. The Embodied Eye: Religious Visual Culture and the Social Life of Feeling. University of California Press, 2012.
Religion and Material Culture: The Matter of Belief. Ed. D Morgan. London: Routledge, 2010. (Edited Book)
Morgan, D. The Sacred Heart of Jesus: The Visual Evolution of a Devotion. Amsterdam University Press, 2008.
Re-enchantment. Ed. D Morgan and J Elkins. New York: Routledge, 2008. (Edited Book)
Morgan, D. The Lure of Images: A History of Religion and Visual Media in America. Routledge, 2007.
The Visual Culture of American Religions. Ed. D Morgan and S Promey. Taylor & Francis US, 2001. (Edited Book)
Morgan, D. "Saints and Sacred Matter: the Cult of Relics in Byzantium and Beyond." Material Religion 12.4 (October 27, 2016): 524-525. Full Text
Morgan, D. "Commun(icat)ing Bodies: Body as a Medium in Religious Symbol Systems." Journal of Contemporary Religion 31.2 (May 3, 2016): 292-294. Full Text
Morgan, D. "Temples for a Modern God: Religious Architecture in Postwar America." HISTORY OF RELIGIONS 54.3 (February 2015): 380-382. Full Text
"Temples for a modern god: religious architecture in postwar America." Choice Reviews Online 51.01 (September 1, 2013). Full Text
Morgan, D. "Approaches to the Visual in Religion. Edited by Daria Pezzoli-Olgiati and Christopher Rowland." International Journal for the Psychology of Religion 23.3 (July 2013): 250-252. Full Text
Morgan, D. "Christ to coke how image becomes icon, Kemp, Martin." Material Religion 9.1 (March 2013): 121-122. Full Text
Morgan, D. "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 66.4 (2013): 1383-1384. Full Text
Morgan, D. "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 65.3 (2012): 896-897. Full Text
Morgan, D. "The Senses in Religion: Migrations of Sacred and Sensory Values." A Cultural History of the Senses. Ed. JP Toner, C Classen, AC Vila, RG Newhauser, and D Howes. London: Berg, December 1, 2014. 89-111. (Chapter)
Morgan, D. "The Image of the Protestant Bible in America." The Bible in the Public Square. Ed. MA Chancey, C Meyers, and EM Meyers. Society of Biblical Literature, July 21, 2014. 93-120. (Chapter)
Morgan, D. "Reflection: Religious tracts in the eighteenth century." Media, Religion and Culture: An Introduction. January 1, 2014. 84-85.
Morgan, D. "Kimsooja and the Art of Place." Kimsooja: Unfolding. Vancouver Art Gallery, 2013. 115-123.
Morgan, D. "Art, Material Culture, and Lived Religion." The Oxford Handbook of Religion and the Arts. Ed. FB Brown. Oxford University Press, 2013. (Chapter)
Morgan, D. "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. 90-111. (Chapter)
Morgan, D. "The Look of the Sacred." Cambridge Companion to Religious Studies. Ed. RA Orsi. Cambridge University Press, 2012. 296-318. (Chapter)
Morgan, D. "Religion and Visuality in America: Material Economies of the Sacred." Cambridge History of Religions in America, 3 vols. Ed. S Stein. Cambridge University Press, 2012. 748-780. (Chapter)
Morgan, D. "Thomas Kinkade and the History of Protestant Visual Culture in America." Thomas Kinkade: The Artist in the Mall. Duke University Press, 2011. 29-53. (Chapter)
Morgan, D. "Finding Fabiola." Media and Culture: A Reader. Ed. G Lynch and J Mitchell. Routledge, 2011. 171-181. (Chapter)
Morgan, D. "Soldier Statues and Empty Pedestals: Public Memory in the Wake of the Confederacy." Material Religion 14.1 (January 2, 2018): 153-157. Full Text Open Access Copy
Morgan, D. "How pictures complete us: the beautiful, the sublime, and the divine." Material Religion 14.1 (January 2, 2018): 135-136. Full Text Open Access Copy
Morgan, D. "Defining the sacred in fine art and devotional imagery." Religion 47.4 (October 2, 2017): 641-662. Full Text Open Access Copy
Morgan, D. "Religious Objects in Museums: Private Lives and Public Duties." Journal of Contemporary Religion 29.2 (May 4, 2014): 359-360. Full Text Open Access Copy
Morgan, D. "Violence and Memory." The Revealer (May 12, 2011). (Essay)
Morgan, D. "Liberty and Liberty Together." (June 10, 2009). (Essay)
Morgan, D. "The Materiality of Cultural Construction." Material Religion 4.2 (July 2008): 228-229. (Essay)
Morgan, D. "Materiality." Encyclopedia of Missions and Missionaries (2007). (Essay)
Morgan, D. "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 74.02 (June 2005): 384-384. Full Text
Morgan, D. "Reviews of Books:From Meetinghouse to Megachurch: A Material and Cultural History Anne C. Loveland, Otis B. Wheeler." The American Historical Review 110.1 (February 2005): 124-124. (Review) Full Text
Morgan, D. "The Image of the Image of the Image." Image 42 (June 2004). (Essay)
Morgan, D. "Antigone’s Wall: Magadalena Abakanowicz and the Allure of Images." Image 43 (2004): 25-33. (Essay)