Dr. Dr. Ron Morgan

Dr. Ron Morgan

Department Chair
Department of History & Global Studies


Department of History and Global Studies

Office: 324H Hardin Administration Building (ADM)
(325) 674-2544


  • PhD, University of California - Santa Barbara, History, 1998
  • MA, Abilene Christian University, History, 1983
  • BA, Abilene Christian University, Biblical and Related Studies, 1980


Ronald J. Morgan holds degrees in Bible and History from ACU and a Ph.D. in Latin American History from UC-Santa Barbara. Ron is currently Professor of History and Chair of the Department of History and Global Studies at ACU. A former church planter in Brazil, he more recently resided in the UK (2003-2012), where he directed ACU’s semester-in-Oxford program. His publications include a monograph entitled Spanish American Saints and the Rhetoric of Identity, 1600-1810 (University of Arizona Press, 2002) and Transformations at the Edge of the World: Forming Global Christians through the Study Abroad Experience (ACU Press, 2010), as well as several journal articles on Catholic missions and missionary biography from the 16th to 18th centuries. Dr. Morgan has recently had a number of collaborations with evangelical Latin America social scientists and historians, including roundtables, conferences, or workshops in in Mexico, Costa Rica, and Brazil (2009-15). For the past several summers, Ron and wife Janine have led ACU students to Europe and West Africa in a program called Justice Along the Meridian.

Honors & Achievements

  • Mentoring Award for Student Research, 2015

Books and Publications

  • Morgan, R., & Smedley, C. (2010) Transformations at the Edge of the World: Forming Global Christians through the Study Abroad Experience, Abilene , ACU Press
  • Morgan, R. (2017) “Martyrdoms Far and Near: The Jesuit Global Imaginary in the Life of Quito’s Local ‘saint,’ Mariana de Jesús (1618-45)”, Barcelona , Illes i Imperis
  • Morgan, R. (2011) “‘El rey justo engrandece y levanta a la patria’: La actividad diplomática europea del Padre José de Acosta como extensión de su formación jesuita y su experiencia misionaria en el Perú” , Barcelona , Edicions Bellaterra
  • Morgan, R. (2008) “Postscript to his brothers: Reading Alonso de Sandoval’s De Instauranda Aethiopum Salute (1627) as a Jesuit spiritual text” , Abingdon , Atlantic Studies
  • Morgan, R. (2002) Spanish American Saints and the Rhetoric of Identity, 1600-1810. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2002.,

Scholarly Presentations

  • Morgan, R. (2014) “Which evangélicos? Historical Traces of Progressive Thought and Action within Latin American Protestantism", Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA, 2014
  • Morgan, R. (2006) “Life Writing and early Jesuit identity formation: Insights from Narrative Theology” , Pamplona, Spain, 2006
  • Morgan, R. (2010) “Affirming the Incredible: The Interplay of Text and Paratext in Alonso Ramos’s Life of Catarina de San Juan, ‘Natural de Gran Mogor’” , Ruhr-University (Germany), 2010
  • Morgan, R. (2016) “Martyrdoms Far and Near: Reading a Colonial Hagiographic Text in Global Context” , Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2016
  • Morgan, R. (2016) “Reflections on the Recent Historiography of Brazilian Evangelicalism(s)” , Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA, 2016

Church Membership

  • Highland Church of Christ

Professional Service

  • Conference on Faith and History, Task Force Chair, 2009 - present