David Need

David Need

Lecturing Fellow of Religion

External Address: 
317 Gray, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90964, Durham, NC 27708-0259
(919) 668-6575


I have taught at Duke since 1999, primarily in Religious Studies. I developed the ICS gateway class and taught it from 2005-2012. My academic expertise is in Asian Religions and in Literature and Religion, with a focus on poetics, ritual and meditation systems.

In addition to scholarly articles, I have published three books — two are translations and essays on Rainer Maria Rilke, the third is a selection of my own poetry, including a long poem set alongside the Gospel of Mark.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of Virginia 2004