Devin Singh

Social theorist / religion scholar / critical visionary


Devin Singh is a social theorist and scholar of religion and theology. He is an Associate Professor of Religion at Dartmouth College. He has also held positions at Yale, Harvard, and Princeton. He received his Ph.D. from Yale, where he was named a Whiting Fellow, Yale's highest recognition for research in the humanities. Singh was also trained in social scientific theory and methods at the University of Chicago (M.A.), theology and divinity at Trinity International University (M.Div.), and religious studies at Pomona College (B.A.).

Hailing from a multiethnic and interreligious family, and raised around the world in diplomatic and international development contexts, Devin Singh "never had a chance," as he puts it - "I could not escape wrestling with questions of identity, culture, religion, poverty, and geopolitics. These were foisted upon me from birth." From having his home bombed during childhood (as collateral damage) in an attempted coup d'état in Cameroon, to visits to medinas and mosques in Morocco, attending Sikh gurdwaras in Punjab, contemplating mass gravesites in Bosnia, or participating in sacred kickboxing matches in Thailand, for instance, Singh's journey has taken him through the rich and complex textures of religion, politics, economics, and culture in global society.

Singh's academic study of religion has been in part a way of making sense of his upbringing and the complexities of the world he encountered, for religion is a critical thread that binds together various aspects of human meaning-making in societies. His inquiry is also motivated by a passion and burden to help others see, appreciate, and navigate the nuance and complexities of life together on this planet. Through his research, writing, teaching, and speaking, Singh hopes to further mutual understanding, toleration, justice, and compassion--as well as meaningful and sustainable work, productivity, and value creation. A life of the mind and a deep engagement with the riches of the humanities and social sciences, he believes, are a crucial part of this endeavor.