Dr Naomi Appleton (SFHEA)
Senior Lecturer in Asian Religions
Naomi Appleton has been working at the University of Edinburgh since 2012 when she arrived as a Chancellor's Fellow. Before that she held a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at Cardiff University. She works on the areas of early Indian religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism) and Buddhist Studies more broadly.
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2019; Fellow 2011-2019)
DPhil (University of Oxford, 2008)
MPhil (Cardiff University, 2004)
BA (Hons) (Cardiff University, 2003)
Responsibilities & affiliations
School of Divinity Schools Outreach Officer
Founding co-director of Edinburgh Buddhist Studies
Convenor, Spalding Symposium on Indian Religions
Chair, Khyentse Foundation Prize Committee for the European Award for Outstanding Dissertation in Buddhist Studies
Editorial Board member: Buddhist Studies Review (journal), Asian Literature and Translation (journal), Lexington Books monograph series Feminist Studies and Sacred Texts.
REST08020 Religions of Ancient India: Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism
REST10048 Theravada Buddhism
REST10051 The Hindu Epics: Mahabharata and Ramayana
REST10057 Lives of the Buddha: Jataka Stories and Early Buddhism
REST11012 Theory and Method in the Study of Religion
REST11021 Theravada Buddhism from Benares to Bangkok
REST11022 Understanding the Hindu Epics: Mahabharata and Ramayana
REST11026 Lives of the Buddha in Indian Art and Literature
I have been a Fellow of the Higer Education Academy since 2011.
Open to PhD supervision enquiries?
Areas of interest for supervision
I welcome enquiries from students interested in researching aspects of early Indian religion or Buddhist Studies more broadly.