Devin Singh

Assistant 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/ethnicity/coloniality in relation to religion. His current book project 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’s work has received national recognition by the Mellon and Whiting Fellowships, 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. Singh is a 2016-17 Dartmouth Public Voices Fellow with the OpEd Project.

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Department:
Religion
Education:
Ph.D., Yale University, 2013
M.A., University of Chicago, 2005
M.Div., Trinity International University, 2004
B.A., Pomona College, 1999

Selected Publications

“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

“Secularity and the Money Economy.” Paper presented at the Secularism and Secularity group, American Academy of Religion, Atlanta, Nov 2015.

“The Sovereign Logic of Jubilee.” Paper presented at the Theology and Continental Philosophy group, American Academy of Religion, Atlanta, Nov 2015.

"Debt Forgiveness as Sovereign Crisis Management." Paper presented at the Ways of Knowing Conference, Harvard Divinity School, Oct 23, 2015.

 “The Time of Labor and the Debt of Sovereignty: Pricing Guilty Toil.” Invited presenter at “Faith and Work in the New Economy,” Center for the Study of Religion, Princeton University, June 2015.

Works in Progress

Divine Currency: The Theological Power of Money in the West (Stanford University Press, under contract)

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