Position: Graduate Students Email: email@example.com Areas: Asian Religions
April Hughes entered the program in 2008. For the 2013-2014 academic year she holds a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship and she will also be a Graduate Fellow at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies. She previously completed an M.A. degree in East Asian Studies at UCLA in 2004 and an M.A. degree in Asian Studies at UC Berkeley in 2008. She was a Visiting Research Associate at the Dunhuang Research Academy in Gansu province, China from January 2011 to June 2011 researching medieval cave-temple paintings. Her research is currently focused on apocalyptic eschatology in China related to Maitreya Buddha and Prince Moonlight from roughy the fourth to the eighth centuries. She is utilizing a wide range of textual material including non-canonical apocalyptic scriptures, pre-modern Buddhist historiographical records, canonical prophecy scriptures, and imperial historical records. In addition she is incorporating visual evidence in the form of statuary, steles, paintings, and colossal figures in order to situate apocalyptic eschatology within a largely illiterate medieval society.