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."
The Visual Culture of American Religions. Ed. D Morgan and S Promey. Taylor & Francis US, 2001. (Edited Book)
Morgan, D, and Promey, SM. Exhibiting the Visual Culture of American Religions. Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso University, 2000. (Exhibition Catalog)
Morgan, D. Visual Piety: A History and Theory of Popular Religious Images. 1998.
Icons of American Protestantism. Ed. D Morgan. Yale University Press, 1996. (Edited Book)
The Long Shadow of Vatican II. Authority, Faith, and Church since the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965). Ed. D Morgan, L Van Rompay, and S Miglarese. (Edited Book)
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. "The Material Culture of Lived Religion: Visuality and Embodiment." Mind and Matter. Ed. J Vakkari. Society of Art History, 2010. 14-31. (Essay)
Morgan, D. "Image, Art and Inspiration in Modern Apparitions." Looking Beyond: Images, Dreams, and Insights in Medieval Art and History. Ed. C Hourihane. Index of Christian Art, 2010. 265-282. (Chapter)
Morgan, D. "Seeing Nationhood: Images of American Identity." Powers: Religion as a Social and Spiritual Force. Ed. MT Borg and JWV Henten. Fordham University Press, 2010. 81-102. (Essay)
Morgan, D. "Aura and the Inversion of Marian Pilgrimage: Fatima and Her Statues." Moved By Mary: Pilgrimage in the Modern World. Ed. J Hermkens and Notermans. 2009. pp. 49-65. (Essay)
Morgan, D. "American Holy Land: Tissot in the National Context." Prodigal Son: James Tissot and the "Life of Christ". Ed. J Dolkart. Brooklyn Museum, 2009. pp. 48-65. (Chapter)
Morgan, D. "Painting as Visual Evidence." Using Visual Evidence. Ed. R Howells and R Matson. Open University Press, 2009. pp. 8-23. (Chapter)
Morgan, D. "Images of the Passion and the History of Protestant Visual Piety in America." The Passion Story: From Visual Representation to Social Drama. Ed. M Kupfer. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2008. 131-145. (Chapter)
Morgan, D. "The Study of Religion and Popular Culture: Prospects, Presuppositions, Procedures." Between Sacred and Profane: Researching Religion and Popular Culture. Ed. G Lynch. London: IB Tauris, 2007. 21-33.
Morgan, D. "Religious Objects in Museums: Private Lives and Public Duties." Journal of Contemporary Religion 29.2 (May 4, 2014): 359-360. Full Text
Morgan, D. "The Ecology of Images: Seeing and the Study of Religion." Religion and Society 5.1 (January 1, 2014). Full Text
Morgan, D. "Religion and Media: A Critical Review of Recent Developments." Critical Research on Religion: An Interdisciplinary Journal 1 (December 2013): 47-56.
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 (December 2013): 1383-1384. Full Text
Morgan, D. "Religion and media: A critical review of recent developments." Critical Research on Religion 1.3 (December 2013): 347-356. Full Text
Morgan, D. "The Authority of the Word: Reflecting on Image and Text in Northern Europe, 1400-1700. Emory University, Lovis Corinth Colloquia III." RENAISSANCE QUARTERLY 65.3 (2012): 896-897. Full Text
Morgan, D. "Mediation or mediatisation: The history of media in the study of religion." Culture and Religion 12 (June 2011): 137-152.
Morgan, D. "Our Distance from God: Studies of the Divine and the Mundane in Western Art and Music." The American Historical Review 113.5 (December 2008): 1478-1478. (Review) Full Text
Morgan, D. "Seeing Things: Deepening Relations with Visual Artefacts." Material Religion: The Journal of Objects, Art and Belief 4.2 (July 1, 2008): 237-238. (Review) Full Text
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. "[Book Review: The Internet and the Madonna: Religious Visionary Experience on the Web]." The Journal of Religion 86.3 (July 2006): 509-510. (Review) Full Text
Morgan, D. "Authentic Fakes: Religion and American Popular Culture. By David Chidester. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005. xii + 294 pp. $50.00 cloth; $19.95 paper." Church History 74.04 (December 2005): 897-897. (Review) Full Text
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)