9781472484451Below is a list of my publications. Pre-print copies of many of the articles can be found on my University of Edinburgh page.

Research monographs:

KRbook front coverShared Characters in Jain, Buddhist and Hindu Narrative: Gods, Kings and Other Heroes (Routledge, 2017) [more info on Routledge website]

Narrating Karma and Rebirth: Buddhist and Jain Multi-Life Stories (Cambridge University Press, 2014) [more info on CUP website]


Jātaka Stories in Theravāda Buddhism: Narrating the Bodhisatta Path (originally Farnham: Ashgate, 2010, later subsumed by Routledge).

Other books:


Naomi Appleton (ed.) Narrative Visions and Visual Narratives in Indian Buddhism (Sheffield: Equinox, forthcoming 2021)

Naomi Appleton, Many Buddhas, One Buddha: A Study and Translation of Avadānaśataka 1-40 (Sheffield: Equinox, 2020)

Naomi Appleton and Peter Harvey (eds), Buddhist Path, Buddhist Teachings: Studies in Memory of L.S. Cousins (Sheffield: Equinox, 2019)


Naomi Appleton and Sarah Shaw (trans.), The Ten Great Birth Stories of the Bodhisatta (Chiang Mai: Silkworm Press, 2015).

Naomi Appleton, Sarah Shaw and Toshiya Unebe, Illuminating the Life of the Buddha: An illustrated chanting book from eighteenth-century Siam (Oxford: Bodleian Libraries, 2013).

Articles in peer-reviewed journals:

‘What Does It Mean To Be a Badly Behaved Animal? An Answer from the Devadatta Stories of the Pāli Jātakas,’ Religions 10 (2019), 288: doi:10.3390/rel10040288

‘Jātaka Stories and Paccekabuddhas in Early Buddhism,’ Buddhist Studies Review 35/1-2 (2018): 279-92.

‘The “Jātakāvadānas” of the Avadānaśataka: An Exploration of Indian Buddhist Narrative Genres’, Journal of the International Association for Buddhist Studies 38 (2015): 9-31.

‘The Fourth Decade of the Avadānaśataka‘ (translation), Asian Literature and Translation, 2/5 (2014): 1-35. [Download pdf here]

‘The Second Decade of the Avadānaśataka‘ (translation), Asian Literature and Translation, 1/7 (2013): 1-36. [Download pdf here]

‘The Multi-life Stories of Buddha and Mahāvīra: A Comparison’, Buddhist Studies Review, 29/1 (2012): 5-16.

‘Dhammapada and Dhammapada Commentary: The Stories of the Verses’, Religions of South Asia 6/2, special issue: ‘Tradition and the Re-Use of Indian Texts’, guest-edited by Jacqueline Suthren Hirst (2012): 245-56.

‘Heir to One’s Karma: Multi-life Personal Genealogies in Early Buddhist and Jain Narratives’, Religions of South Asia 5/1-2, special issue: ‘Genealogy and History in South Asia’, guest-edited by Simon Brodbeck and James M. Hegarty (2011): 227-244.

‘In the Footsteps of the Buddha? Women and the Bodhisatta Path in Theravāda Buddhism’, Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, 27/1 (2011): 33-51.

‘A Place for the Bodhisatta: the Local and the Universal in Jātaka Stories’, Acta Orientalia Vilnensia, 8/1 (2007): 109-122.

The story of the Horse-King and the Merchant Simhala in Buddhist Texts’, Buddhist Studies Review, 23/2 (2006): 187-201.

Invited articles:

‘The Story of the Path: Indian Jātaka Literature and the Way to Buddhahood’, in C. Pecchia and V. Eltschinger (eds), Mārga: Paths to Liberation in South Asian Buddhist Traditions (Vienna: Austrian Academy of Sciences Press, 2020).

‘Jātaka Stories and Paccekabuddhas in Early Buddhism’ in Naomi Appleton and Peter Harvey (eds), Buddhist Path, Buddhist Teachings: Studies in Memory of L.S. Cousins (Sheffield: Equinox, 2019). Also published in Buddhist Studies Review 35.

‘Dialogues with Solitary Buddhas’ in Brian Black and Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad (eds), In Dialogue with Classical Indian Traditions: Encounter, Transformation, and Interpretation (Routledge, 2019), 36-50.

‘The Buddha as Storyteller: The Dialogical Setting of Jātaka Stories’ in Laurie Patton and Brian Black (eds), Dialogue in Early South Asian Religions: Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain Traditions (Farnham: Ashgate, 2015), 99-112.

‘Continuity or Chaos? Karma and Rebirth in Early Buddhist and Jain Narrative’ in Justin McDaniel and Peter Skilling (eds), Buddhist Narrative in Asia and Beyond (Bangkok: Chulalongkorn University Press, 2012), 165-72.

‘Temptress on the Path: Women as Objects and Subjects in Buddhist Jātaka Stories’ in Pamela Anderson (ed.) New Topics in Feminist Philosophy of Religion: Contestations and Transcendence Incarnate (Dordrecht: Springer, 2010), 103-115.

Reference works:

‘Jātaka’ in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion

‘Jātaka’ in Oxford Bibliographies Online: Buddhism, edited by Richard Payne (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011).