Hewitt, Marsha A.
Dr. Marsha A. Hewitt

PhD (Concordia)

marsha.hewitt@utoronto.ca | 416-978-2887


Marsha Aileen Hewitt is a full professor in the Department for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto, and the Faculty of Divinity at Trinity College. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in psychoanalytic theory and clinical practice, psychoanalytic psychology of religion, dreams and visions, critical theory and method and theory in the study of religion. Professor Hewitt has numerous scholarly publications in the fields of psychoanalysis, critical social theory, liberation theology and feminism. Her current project is "A Psychoanalytic Psychology of Religion: Possession, Trances and Transference". Marsha Hewitt is a psychoanalyst in private practice, and a supervisor and Faculty member at the Toronto Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis.


  • Critical Theory and Religion
  • Psychoanalysis and Religion
  • Method & Theory
  • Ethics (Habermas)
  • Liberation Theology
  • Religion and Trauma Studies

Recent Publications


  • Legacies of the Occult: Psychoanalysis, Religion and Unconscious Communication (2020)      
  • Freud on Religion (2014)
  • Critical Theory of Religion: A Feminist Analysis (1995)
  • From Theology to Social Theory: Juan Luis Segundo and the Theology of Liberation (1990)  


  • “Christian Anti-Judaism and Early Object Relations Theory” (2018)
  • “The Psychoanalytic Occult in Freud and Contemporary Theory” (2017)
  • “Spirits in the Mind, Gods in the Brain: Contemporary Psychologies of Religious Experience” (2016)
Appointment Status College TST Teaching Category
Basic Degree
Trinity College Regular Tenure Stream