Devin Singh

Social theorist / religion scholar / leadership strategist / critical visionary


Devin Singh is a social theorist, scholar of religion and theology, and leadership strategist and adviser.

Devin is a tenured Associate Professor of Religion at Dartmouth College, where he teaches courses in religion, philosophy, ethics, organizational dynamics, and the connections among religion, economics, and politics. He serves as a guest lecturer at Tuck School of Business, and has also held positions at Harvard, Princeton, and Yale.

He received his Ph.D. from Yale, where he was named a Whiting Fellow, Yale's highest recognition for research in the humanities. He 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.).

Devin is also founder and president of Leadership Kinetics, LLC, a coaching, training, and leadership development firm. Here he helps high achieving leaders make positive changes in their own lives, their organizations, and the world.

Hailing from a multiethnic and interreligious family, and raised around the world in diplomatic and international development contexts, Devin "never had a chance," as he puts it - "I could not escape wrestling with questions of identity, culture, religion, social change, leadership, and geopolitics. These were imposed 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 grave sites in Bosnia, facilitating community development projects in the urban U.S., or participating in sacred kickboxing matches in Thailand, for instance, Devin’s journey has taken him through the rich and complex textures of religion, politics, economics, and culture in global society.

Devin’s study of religion has been 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 research 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 writing, teaching, speaking, and advising, Devin 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.