Dr Wahbie Long

Ph.D. (UCT)


Wahbie Long, Ph.D., is an associate professor and clinical psychologist in the Department of Psychology, and the director of the Child Guidance Clinic, at the University of Cape Town.

Wahbie's research interests include the history of psychology, theoretical psychology, Marxist psychology and indigenous psychology. He has published widely in journals including History of Psychology, Theory and Psychology, History of the Human Sciences, Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, and New Ideas in Psychology. His book, A History of ‘Relevance’ in Psychology – published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2016 – traces the emergence of questions about ‘relevance’ in the discipline since the 1960s, with a special focus on psychology in South Africa. He is currently working on a book that explores connections between Marxism and psychoanalysis.

With a Y1 rating from the National Research Foundation of South Africa, Wahbie has held fellowships at Harvard and Durham, and was the 2016 recipient of the Early Career Award of the Society for the History of Psychology (Division 26 of the American Psychological Association).



Wahbie teaches an Honours module on philosophical and theoretical issues in psychology and a Masters module on critical theory.




  • Long, W. (2016). A history of ‘relevance’ in psychology. London: Palgrave Macmillan.



  • Long, W. (2018). Decolonizing higher education: Postcolonial theory and the invisible hand of student politics. New Agenda.
  • Mackintosh, R. & Long, W. (2017). Writing outside history: Reification, agency and the discourse on identity and difference. Psychology in Society, 53, 1-29.
  • Long, W. (2017). Alienation: A new orienting principle for psychotherapists in South Africa. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in South Africa, 25(1), 67-90.
  • Long, W. (2017). Essence or experience? A new direction for African psychology. Theory and Psychology, 27(3), 293-312.
  • Long, W. (2016). Psychology in South Africa and the end of history. History of Psychology, 19(3), 220-228.
  • Sher, D. & Long, W. (2015). Cultural discourses in apartheid-era psychology, 1980-1994. South African Journal of Psychology, 45(4), 452-465.
  • Long, W. (2014). SAPA, science and society: A debacle revisited. Psychology in Society, 47, 41-58.
  • Long, W. (2014). The rhetoric of racism: Revisiting the creation of the Psychological Institute of the Republic of South Africa (1956-1962). Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, 50(4), 339-358.
  • Long, W. (2014). White psychologists only: The rise and fall of the Psychological Institute of the Republic of South Africa. History of the Human Sciences, 27(4), 139-154.
  • Long, W. (2014). Understanding ‘relevance’ in psychology. New Ideas in Psychology, 35, 28-35.
  • Long, W. (2014). Critical reflections on the Islamicisation of psychology. Revelation and Science, 4(1), 14-19.
  • Long, W. & Foster, D. (2013). The changing face of “relevance” in South African psychology. Psychology in Society, 45, 3-16.
  • Long, W. (2013). ‘Market relevance’, ‘social relevance’ and psychology in South Africa. South African Journal of Psychology, 43(4), 434-444.
  • Long, W. (2013). Rethinking ‘relevance’: South African psychology in context. History of Psychology, 16(1), 19-35.
  • Sher, D. & Long, W. (2012). Historicising the relevance debate: South African and American psychology in context. South African Journal of Psychology, 42(4), 564-575.
  • Long, W. & Foster, D. (2004). Dissension in the ranks: The ‘Sufi’ – ‘Wahhabi’ debate. Journal for the Study of Religion, 17(1), 67-93.


Contact details

Tel: 021 650 3419
Room Number: 3.11
Email Address: wahbie.long@uct.ac.za