April Hughes Promoted to Associate Professor

April Hughes is a scholar of medieval Chinese Buddhism whose work uses lenses of history, politics, and art—including Chinese Buddhist manuscripts and mural paintings—to understand religion within broader cultural and social contexts. A past recipient of BU’s East Asia Studies Career Development Professorship, she has authored a recent book, Worldly Saviors and Imperial Authority in Medieval Chinese Buddhism (University of Hawai‘i Press, 2021), as well as articles in leading Asian art journals. She is her department’s director of undergraduate studies, an active member of the Association for Asian Studies and the American Academy of Religion, and a frequent presenter at national conferences on issues of art and religion.