Deborah Britzman

Distinguished Research Professor, Psychoanalyst

Ed.D. - University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA; M.Ed. - University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA; BA - University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

Location(s) / Contact Info:

229, Winters College - WC
Keele Campus
Phone: 416-736-2100


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Available to supervise graduate students
Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers

Scholarly Interests

Britzman works in the area of psychoanalysis and education and is known for contributions in teacher education, studies of the emotional world, studies in difficult knowledge, and clinical formulations of teaching and learning. The recent book is  Freud and Education (2011), with Routledge Press. Britzman's current project is a study of the psychology of teaching and mental health

Faculty & School/Dept

  • Faculty of Education
          • Faculty of Graduate Studies, Education -

Courses Taught

  • Adolescent Development & Health (ED/EDFE 1101)
  • Child Development & Health (ED/EDFE 1100)
  • Seminar in Psychoanalytic Theory and Pedagogy (GS/EDUC 5815)

Selected Publications

  • Britzman, D. (2011). Freud and Education. Routledge
  • Britzman, D.P. (2010). "On the madness of lecturing on gender. Journal of Gender and Education, 2(6), 633-646.
  • Britzman, D.P. (2010). "Psychoanalytic observations on ordinary, quiet, and painful resistance. International Journal of Leadership in Education, 13(3), 239-248.
  • Britzman, D. P. (2009). The Very Thought of Education: Psychoanalysis and the impossible professions. SUNY Press
  • Britzman, D.P. (2009). "The Poetics of supervision: A psychoanalytic thought experiment. Changing English, 16(4), 385-396.
  • Britzman, D. P. (2006). Novel Education: Psychoanalytic Studies on learning and not learning. Peter Lang
  • Britzman, D. P. (2003). After-Education: Anna Freud, Melanie Klein, and psychoanalytic histories of learning. SUNY Press
  • Britzman, D. P. (2003). Practice Makes Practice: Revised edition. SUNY Press
  • Britzman, D. P. (1998). Lost subjects, constested objects: toward a psychoanalytic inquiry of learning. SUNY Press

Selected Presentations

  • Britzman (2011, July). "What is the Use of theory?". Presented at: Keynote to: Qualitative Summer Institute, Manchester, UK
  • Britzman (2011, July). "The Adolescent teacher: a psychoanalytic contribution to developing education. Presented at: Keynote to: Contemporary theory and Mathmatics, Manchester UK

Research Projects

The emotional world of teaching: A psychoanalytic inquiry

Role: Principal Investigator

Year Funded: 2011

Duration: 3

Funded by: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

The project is designed by four sites of inquiry: aesthetics, psychoanalytic theory, clinical discussions, images of mental health