Devin Singh

Academic Appointments

Associate Professor of Religion

Devin Singh studies religious thought in the modern West and in sites of colonial encounter, with attention to the Christian tradition and its interaction with economy and politics. In addition to the history of Christian thought, his research engages the philosophy of religion and social ethics. Singh explores questions of religion and politics, religion and economics, secularization, sociology of markets and money, and race & coloniality in relation to religion. His first book, Divine Currency: The Theological Power of Money in the West (Stanford, 2018) examines the ways early Christian thinkers made use of monetary and economic concepts as they created Christian doctrine, and how this close relationship between theology and money has lent a sacred aura to economics as it developed in the West. Singh was guest editor for a special issue of Political Theology on "Love in a Time of Capital," and guest co-editor for a special issue of Journal of Religious Ethics on debt. Singh’s work has been supported by the Lilly Endowment and Luce Foundation, and has received national recognition by the Mellon and Whiting Fellowships, Louisville Institute, and the Forum for Theological Exploration, as well as international recognition by the Lautenschlaeger Award from the University of Heidelberg. Prior to joining the faculty at Dartmouth, Singh was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Integrated Humanities and Lecturer in Religious Studies at Yale University, and served more recently as a visiting scholar at Harvard Divinity School's Center for the Study of World Religions. For the 2019-20 academic year, he will be a visiting scholar at Princeton University's Center for the Study of Religion.

Ph.D., Yale University
M.A., University of Chicago
M.Div., Trinity International University
B.A., Pomona College

Selected Publications

Divine Currency: The Theological Power of Money in the West. Stanford University Press, 2018.

“Sovereign Debt.” Journal of Religious Ethics 46:2 (2018): 239-266.

“Speculating the Subject of Money: Georg Simmel on Human Value.” Religions 7.80 (2016): 1-15.

“Irrational Exuberance: Hope, Expectation, and Cool Market Logic.” Political Theology 17.2 (2016): 120-136.

“Anarchy, Void, Signature: Agamben’s Trinity Among Orthodoxy’s Remains.” Political Theology
17:1 (2016): 27-46.

"Debt Cancellation as Sovereign Crisis Management," Cosmologics Magazine, Jan 18, 2016.

“Eusebius as Political Theologian: The Legend Continues.” Harvard Theological Review 108:1 (2015): 129-154.

“Iconicity of the Photographic Image: Theodore of Stoudios and André Bazin.” In Byzantium/Modernism, edited by Roland Betancourt and Maria Taroutina, 237-53. Visualizing the Middle Ages. Leiden: Brill, 2015.

Speaking engagements

"God and Greed." Invited public lecture for Radboud Reflects, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, Dec 2018

“Debt, Guilt, and the Law: Disentangling Eternal Conflations.” Invited paper presented at University of Kent, UK, Dec 2018.

“Economy, Exception and Excess – a Discussion with Devin Singh.” Invited presentation at Copenhagen Business School, Copenhagen, DK, Nov 2018.

“History, Genealogy, and Theological Critique.” Invited paper for Patristics and Modern Theology seminar, Oxford University, UK, Nov 2018.

“Debt and the Christian Theological Imagination.” The Gunning Lecture (endowed), University of Edinburgh, Oct 2018.

 “Fragile Belief and the Empty Throne: Theology and Politics after Ascension.” Invited paper for Australian Catholic University Rome Seminar, Rome, Aug 2018.

Works in progress

When Debt Becomes God (Harvard University Press, under contract)