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David Morgan

Associate Professor of Art History and Chair of the Department of Art, Valparaiso University, Indiana

David Morgan chairs the department of art at Valparaiso University, Indiana. Professor Morgan’s research focuses on the history of mass-produced religious imagery from the early nineteenth century to the present. He has also written on contemporary fine art in the United States. His research on American popular religious culture has examined the contribution of religious images to the formation of American mass culture and national identity. Currently, he is completing a co-edited volume on the visual culture of American religions from the colonial period to the present, and is beginning a study of the production and reception of religious visual media in Ethiopia, with plans to situate this study in the global context of religious art in the post-Cold War period. Among his publications are Protestant and Pictures: Religion, Visual Culture, and the Age of American Mass Production (1999), Visual Piety: A History and Theory of Popular Religious Images (1998), and (editor) Icons of American Protestantism: The Art of Warner Sallman (1996). Professor Morgan earned a Ph.D. in art history at the University of Chicago, Illinois.