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David Morgan, Professor of Religious Studies and Professor of Art, Art History and Visual Studies and Chair of Religious Studies

David MorganSpecialization:

    Religious Visual Culture
    Critical Theory
    Religion and Media

Research Interests:

Current projects:

    Visual Worlds: A History of Christian Visual Culture from the Reformation to the Present. To be presented as the 2012 Cadbury Lectures at the University of Birmingham, England, March 7 to 15, 2012

David Morgan is Professor of Religion with a secondary appointment in the Department of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies at Duke. He 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. His most recent book is The Embodied Eye: Religious Visual Culture and the Social Life of Feeling (California, 2012). Recent works include: The Lure of Images: A History of Religion and Visual Media in America (Routledge, 2007) and two volumes that Morgan 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 include 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.”


  • Ph.D. University of Chicago 1990
  • M.A. University of Arizona 1984
  • B.A. Concordia College 1980

Contact Info:

Office Location:  Department of Religion, Durham, NC 27708
Email Address:   david.morgan@duke.edu
Web Page:   http://www.duke.edu/%7Edm127/Site/Intro.html

Teaching (Fall 2015):

  • Religion 914.01, Modernity of religion Synopsis
    Gray 319, F 01:25 PM-03:50 PM

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. D Morgan, The Senses in Religion: Migrations of Sacred and Sensory Values (December, 2014), pp. 89-111  [abs].
  2. D Morgan, The Ecology of Images: Seeing and the Study of Religion, Religion and Society: Advances in Research, vol. 5 no. 1 (September, 2014), pp. 83-105 [doi] .
  3. D Morgan, The Image of the Protestant Bible in America (July, 2014), pp. 93-120  [abs].
  4. D Morgan, Religious Objects in Museums: Private Lives and Public Duties, Journal of Contemporary Religion, vol. 29 no. 2 (May, 2014), pp. 359-360 [doi] .
  5. D Morgan, 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, vol. 66 no. 4 (December, 2013), pp. 1383-1384 [doi] .

Selected Invited Lectures

  1. "The Look of the Sacred", May 16, 2008    
  2. "Religion, Media, Culture: The Shape of the Field", April 11, 2008    
  3. “Looking Beyond the Modern Bubble: Medieval Art and the Study of Modern Visual Culture”, March 15, 2008    
  4. "Marian Visual Piety and the Economy of Belief", March 02, 2007