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."
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. Ed. D Morgan. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1996. 181-206. (Chapter)
Morgan, D. "The Masculinity of Jesus in Popular Religious Art." Men’s Bodies, Men’s Gods: Male Identities in a [Post]Christian Culture. Ed. B Krondorfer. New York University Press, 1996. 251-266. (Chapter)
Morgan, D. "Warner Sallman and the Visual Culture of American Protestantism." Icons of American Protestantism: The Art of Warner Sallman. Ed. D Morgan. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1996. 25-60. (Chapter)
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]. Ed. J Sumiala-Seppänen. Atena Kustannus. 167-176. (Chapter)