Jacqueline Stone is a professor in the Department of Religion at Princeton University, where she teaches Buddhism and Japanese Religions. She received her PhD in Buddhist Studies from UCLA in 1990. Her chief research field is Japanese Buddhism of the medieval and modern periods. Her current research areas include death and dying in Buddhist cultures, Buddhism and national identity, and traditions of the Lotus Sutra, particularly Tendai and Nichiren. She is the author of Original Enlightenment and the Transformation of Medieval Japanese Buddhism, which received a 2001 American Academy of Religion Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion. She has co-edited The Buddhist Dead: Practices, Discourses, Representations (with Bryan J. Cuevas, 2007), Readings of the Lotus Sutra (with Stephen F. Teiser, 2009), and other volumes of collected essays. She has served as president of the Society for the Study of Japanese Religions and co-chair of the Buddhism section of the American Academy of Religion. She currently serves on the editorial board of the Kuroda Institute for the Study of Buddhism and the advisory boards of Buddhist Literature and the Japanese Journal of Religious Studies.