Walter Hakala

Walter Hakala.

Associate Professor, Director, Asian Studies Program
Office: 315 Clemens Hall
Phone number: (716) 645-3419
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Literature and languages of North India and Central Asia; lexicography; Mughal and early colonial South Asian history; South Asian Islam, Sufism and epigraphy

Works in Progress

  • “Vernacular Literacy and the Urdu Public Text,” a book-length study of the Urdu language through inscriptions, and other non-paper sources
  • “Two New Kinds of Fire: Syphilis and Capsicum in Early Hindvi Vocabularies,” forthcoming in Objects, Images, Stories: Simon Digby’s Historical Method, edited by Francesca Orsini
  • “Steingass’s Comprehensive Persian–English Dictionary and the Rise and Fall of Persian as a Transregional Language,” forthcoming in The Whole World in a Book: Dictionaries in the Nineteenth Century, edited by Sarah Ogilvie and Gabriella Safran (Oxford University Press). 
  • (with Lisa Mitchell) “The Lexicography of the Languages of South Asia from c. 1750 to Present,” forthcoming in The Cambridge World History of Lexicography, edited by John Considine

Selected Publications


Awards and Fellowships

  • University at Buffalo Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development & Humanities Institute Research Funding in the Arts & Humanities, 2019-2020
  • University at Buffalo Baldy Center Research Grant, 2018-2019
  • University at Buffalo Experiential Learning Network Faculty Fellow, 2018-2019
  • Short-term Senior Fellowship in Iranian Studies, American Institute of Iranian Studies, 2018
  • Honorable Mention, Bernard S. Cohn Book Prize, South Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies, 2018
  • UB Exceptional Scholar Award for Young Investigators, 2017
  • UB President Emeritus and Mrs. Meyerson Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring, 2017
  • The Edward Cameron Dimock, Jr. Prize in the Indian Humanities, American Institute of Indian Studies, 2015
  • Faculty Fellow, Honors College, 2015-2017
  • University at Buffalo Office of the Vice President for Research / Humanities Institute Seed Money in the Arts and Humanities Fund, 2015
  • University at Buffalo Office of the Vice President for Research/Humanities Institute Faculty Fellowship, fall 2013.

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