Curriculum Vitae


Naomi R. Goldenberg, Professor, Department of Classics and Religious Studies, University of Ottawa

Member of School of Graduate Studies and Research since 1980


Ph.D., Religious Studies, Yale University, New Haven, CT, U.S.A., 1976
M.Phil., Religious Studies, Yale University, CT, U.S.A., 1975
M.A., Religious Studies, Yale University, CT, U.S.A., 1974
Graduate Studies, Jungian Psychology, C.G. Jung Institute, Zürich, Switzerland, 1972-73
Graduate Studies, Classics, Princeton University, Princeton, N.J., U.S.A., 1969-70
B.A., Classics, Douglass College, New Brunswick, N.J., U.S.A., 1969

Employment History

1990 – present
University of Ottawa
Professor, Department of Classics and Religious Studies

1989 – 1992
University of Ottawa
Director, Women’s Studies Program

1980 – 1990
University of Ottawa
Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies

1977 – 1980
University of Ottawa
Assistant Professor, Department of Religious Studies

1976 – 1977
Central Michigan University
Temporary Assistant Professor, Department of Religion

1974 – 1975
Yale University
Teaching Assistant in Psychology of Religion and World Religions courses. Religious Studies Department and in Jungian Psychology course, Psychology Department.


  • University of Ottawa - Excellence in Education Prize, 2004
  • William C. Bier Award for outstanding contributions to the psychology of religion (Div. 36) from the American Psychological Association, 2004.
  • Merit increase for excellence in teaching at the University of Ottawa, 1980.
  • Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellow in Women's Studies, Yale University, 1975-76.
  • Princeton University, University Fellow, 1969-70.
  • Woodrow Wilson Fellow, Princeton University, 1969.
  • B.A., Douglass College, general honors, and high honors in classics, 1969.
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Douglass College, 1968.
  • Phi Beta Kappa Sophomore Prize, Douglass College, 1967.
  • Cornelison Prize for Latin translation, Douglass College, 1966.



In progress: “Women, Men and the Ideology of Religious Studies: A Critical Inquiry into the Relationship of Gender to the Category of Religion and Associated Concepts.” 

In progress: “New Readings in Critical Religion” (working title) – co-edited collection with Timothy Fitzgerald and Trevor Stack.

Resurrecting the Body:  Feminism, Religion and Psychoanalysis. New York: Crossroads, 1993.

The End of God. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press, 1982.

Changing of the Gods: Feminism and the End of Traditional Religions. Boston: Beacon Press, 1979.

Changing of the Gods: Feminism and the End of Traditional Religions. Chinese translation, Lanzhou, China: Lanzhou University Press, 2007. ISBN No. 978-7-105-08304-6.

Edited Encyclopedia (Editorial Board)

Encyclopedia of Women and World Religion. 2 Vols. Serinity Young, Editor in chief, New York: Macmillan Reference U.S.A., 1999

Edited Journals

Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion. Fall 1996, 12/2. “The Legacy of the Goddess: The Work of Marija Gimbutas” (Special Section), pp. 29-120. (Edited with Carol Christ).

Chapters in Books

Forthcoming: "Queer Theory Meets Critical Religion: Are We Starting to Think Yet?". In Theory/ Religion/Critique: Classic and Contemporary Approaches. (2012). Richard King, ed. New York:  Columbia University Press. 

"Our Father Who Art in Cinema: A Psychoanalytic Reflection on the Persistence of Religious Narrative about Male Maternity in Contemporary Films". In At the Crossroads of Art and Religion: Imagination, Commitment, Transcendence. Hetty Zock, ed. Peeters: Leuven: 2008, pp. 85-100.

"The Divine Masquerade: A Psychoanalytic Theory about the Play of Gender in Religion". In Kathleen O’Grady, Ann L. Gilroy and Janette Gray (eds.) Bodies, Lives, Voices: Gender in Theology, (Sheffield, England:  Sheffield Academic Press, 1998) pp118-208. 

"A Theory of Gender as a Central Hermeneutic in the Psychoanalysis of Religion" in Jacob Belzen (ed.), Hermeneutic Approaches to the Psychology of Religion (Amsterdam/Atlanta: Editions Rodopi, 1997) pp 65-84.

Papers in Refereed Publications

"A Gentle Critique of Mourning Religion" Pastoral Psychology. (2010). Lewis Rambo, editor. 59:30, 373-377.

"What’s God Got To Do With It? A call for Problematizing Basic Terms in the Feminist Analysis of Religion" (2007). In Feminist Theology, 15:3, 275-288

"Thoughts on the 20th Birthday of the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion." Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion.  12/2.  Fall 2005.  Pp. 126-128.

"Witches and Words", Feminist Theology, Vol. 2, No. 2, Jan. 2004, pp. 203-211.

"Speaking the Unspeakable: Religion, Misogyny and the Uncanny Mother in Freud’s Cultural Texts" by Diane Jonte-Pace. Journal of Religion. 83:2. April 2003, pp. 343-344. (Review)

"Religion and Psychology: Mapping the Terrain – Contemporary Dialogues, Future Prospects" by William Parsons and Diane Jonte-Pace, eds. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion.  13:1. 2003. Pp. 61-67 (Review).

"Interview", Feminist Theology, No. 30, May, 2002.  (Transcribed discussion with Peggy Schmeiser in issue focused on Goldenberg’s work.), pp. 114-127.

"Response to Rita Gross", Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, Fall 2000, Vol. 16, No. 2, pp. 116-118.

"Carl Jung", Encyclopedia of Women and World Religion, Serinity Young, Editor-in-Chief, (New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 1999), Vol.1, pp. 555-557.

"Memories of Marija Gimbutas and the King’s Archaeologist", Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, Vol.12, No. 2, Fall 1996, pp. 67-72.