Dr. DeWitt is a Flanders Research Foundation (FWO) Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Buddhist Studies, Ghent University (2018–2022). After receiving her PhD in Asian Languages & Cultures (Buddhist Studies) from UCLA in 2015, Dr. DeWitt held a one-year (special funding) appointment at Kyushu University as Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Humanities from 2015–2016 and a two-year postdoctoral fellowship funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Sciences (JSPS) from 2016–2018. Her research sheds light the social and historical dimensions of Buddhism in Japan, especially as they relate to gender and sacred space.
Dr. DeWitt’s current monograph project spotlights two sacred sites recognized today as UNESCO World Heritage that prohibit women as a condition of religious tradition (Mt. Ōmine, Okinoshima). She is also working on a two-part article series examining sumo wrestling and women's exclusion.