Dr. DeWitt received her PhD in Asian Languages & Cultures (Buddhist Studies) from UCLA in 2015. She is a Flanders Research Foundation (FWO) Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Buddhist Studies, Ghent University (2019–2022). 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 aims to articulate the social and historical dimensions of Japanese Buddhism, especially as they relate to gender and sacred space.
Dr. DeWitt’s current project investigates sacred sites that either did or do ban women or men's access as a condition of religious tradition, in particular sites recognized as UNESCO World Heritage (Mt. Ōmine, Okinoshima, Mt. Fuji, Sēfa Utaki).