Jacqueline Stone, a Princeton University professor of religion specializing in Buddhism and Japanese religions, has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, reports Buddhist Door.
Stone’s chief research field has been medieval and modern Japanese Buddhism. She is currently researching death and dying in Buddhist cultures, Buddhism and nationalism, and traditions of the Lotus Sutra, with a focus on Tendai and Nichiren Buddhism. Stone also serves as the vice president of the editorial board of the Kuroda Institute for the Study of Buddhism and is on the advisory board of the Japanese Journal of Religious Studies. Her book Original Enlightenment and the Transformation of Medieval Japanese Buddhism won the 2001 American Academy of Religion Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion. She is also the author of The Buddhist Dead: Practices, Discourses, Representations and the forthcoming book Right Thoughts at the Last Moment: Buddhism and Deathbed Practices in Early Medieval Japan.
Stone has been elected alongside University of Chicago’s Numata Professor of Buddhist Studies Matthew Kapstein, President Barack Obama, actor Tom Hanks, and author Ta-Nehisi Coates.