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. He is also the author of Economy and Modern Christian Thought (Brill, 2022) which provides an introduction to scholarship on the relation between Christian thought and economy, exploring various conceptual and ethical challenges raised by the encounter. Singh is also co-editor of Reimagining Leadership on the Commons: Shifting the Paradigm for a More Ethical, Equitable, and Just World (Emerald, 2021), which profiles global pioneers implementing commons-based and shared governance structures in the public and private sector. Singh is currenly finishing a book manuscript titled Sacred Debt that explores the power of debt in society and its longstanding use in religion, asking how other understandings of obligation might be recuperated to resist the destructive effects of economic indebtedness. 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. He has served more recently as a visiting scholar at Harvard Divinity School's Center for the Study of World Religions (2017-18), and as a visiting scholar at Princeton University's Center for the Study of Religion (2019-20). For the 2023-24 academic year, Singh is on research leave supported by a Mellon New Directions Fellowship.
- Ph.D., Yale University
- M.A., University of Chicago
- M.Div., Trinity International University
- B.A., Pomona College
Reimagining Leadership on the Commons: Shifting the Paradigm for a More Ethical, Equitable, and Just World. Co-edited with Randal Joy Thompson and Kathleen A. Curran. Bingley, UK: Emerald Press, 2021.
"Teaching Religion and Tech: Ethical and Historical Considerations" (link) Religion, Technology, and Human Presence podcast, 6/1/21
"Crypto-Religons" (link) Re-Enchantments Podcast, 12/2/2021
Cultural Life of Money and Finance Podcast (link), discussion on Divine Currency, Jan 2021
Crazy Money Podcast (link), discussion on Divine Currency, March 2020
Theology Matters Podcast (link), discussion of money, debt, and gifts, Jan 2020
"God and Greed" (link), 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
Sacred Debt (Harvard University Press, under contract)
Devin Singh Faculty Portrait: https://youtu.be/hMAtNxrKZl4
In the news at Dartmouth
"Religion Professor Receives New Directions Fellowship," Dartmouth News, May 11, 2023
"Delving into the Theological Power of Money," Dartmouth News, Jul 8, 2022
"Good Life Lessons," Dartmouth 3D Magazine, Nov 2018
"I Read, Therefore I Think," Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, Sept/Oct 2016
"Q&A with religion professor Devin Singh," The Dartmouth, 9/22/16