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.

Undergraduate teaching

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

Postgraduate teaching

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.