Position: Graduate Students Email: email@example.com Areas: Asian Religions
April Hughes entered the program in 2008. She completed a MA degree in East Asian Studies at UCLA in 2004 and a MA degree in Asian Studies at UC Berkeley in 2008. She also spent six months as a Visiting Research Associate at the Dunhuang Research Academy in China performing dissertation research from January 2011 to June 2011. Her research is focused on apocalyptic eschatology in medieval China related to Maitreya Buddha and Prince Moonlight. She is utilizing a wide range of textual material, such as 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.