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David Morgan, Professor

David Morgan
Contact Info:
Office Location:  Department of Religious Studies, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 660-3555
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Teaching (Fall 2023):

  • Religion 186s.01, Religion & humor Synopsis
    Gray 319, WF 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
  • Religion 912s.01, Theorizing religion Synopsis
    Allen 306, F 01:40 PM-04:10 PM

Ph.D.The University of Chicago1990
M.A.University of Arizona1984
B.A.Concordia College1980

American Religious History
Research Interests: material culture of religion, religion and media

Current projects: The Forge of Vision: Image and Imagination in Modern Christianity, delivered as the 2012 Cadbury Lectures, University of Birmingham, England, March 7 to 15, 2012.

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. His most recent book is The Embodied Eye: Religious Visual Culture and the Social Life of Feeling (California, 2012). Other books are: 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 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.”

Current Ph.D. Students  

  • Brenna Jorgenson
  • Torang Asadi
  • Jamie Brummitt
  • Stephanie Gehring
  • Eric Chalfant
  • Adrienne Krone
  • Sonia Hazard
  • Andrew Coates
Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Morgan, D. "The Visual Culture of Revelation: Visions and the Images that Reveal Them." Irish Theological Quarterly 86:3 (August, 2021): 223-240. [doi]  [abs]
  2. Morgan, D. "Religious Materiality in the Early Modern World. Suzanna Ivanič, Mary Laven, and Andrew Morrall, eds. Visual and Material Culture, 1300–1700 18. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2019. 262 pp. + color pls. €109.." Renaissance Quarterly 74:2 (2021): 648-650. [doi]
  3. Gilchrist, R; Morgan, D. "Archaeology, Heritage, And The Material Study Of Religion." Material Religion 16:4 (August, 2020): 511-517. [doi]
  4. Morgan, D. "In Conversation: Sensual Religion." Material Religion 16:3 (May, 2020): 361. [doi]

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