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 & 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’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. Singh also serves as co-chair of the Asian North American Religion, Culture, and Society Unit at the American Academy of Religion. For the fall 2018 term, Singh will be Program Director for the Religion Department's Foreign Study Program at the University of Edinburgh.

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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

“American Political Economy and the Politics of Producing Vulnerable Communities.” Invited panelist for joint session of the Ethics Unit and Religion and Social Sciences Unit, AAR, Boston, Nov 2017.

“In Search of an Outside: Religion, Capitalism, and Protest.” Invited paper for Religion, Protest, and Social Upheaval Conference, College of Holy Cross, Nov 2017.

“Race, Coloniality, and Philosophy of Religion.” Invited panelist for exploratory session. AAR, Boston, Nov 2017.

"Guilty Debt? The Economy of Carcerality." Invited panelist, conference on Christianity, race, and mass incarceration. Harvard Divinity School, Oct 20, 2017.

“The Economic Theology of Late Antiquity.” Invited presenter, “Markets, Money, and the Sacred: New Perspectives on Economic Theology,” Copenhagen Business School, July 10, 2017.



Works in Progress

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