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Walter Hakala

Walter Hakala

Assistant Professor,
Office: 315 Clemens Hall
Phone number: (716) 645-3419
E-mail address:
Personal web page:


Literature and languages of North India and Central Asia; lexicography; Mughal and early colonial South Asian history; South Asian Islam and Sufism.

Current Courses

Fall 2016

AS 221 (21285) Survey of Asian Literature /ENG 221 (21033) World Literature

“Romance Traditions in Asia”

MoWeFr 12:00PM - 12:50PM

Norton 210

ENG 199 (23431) UB Seminar: “Walking Dictionaries"

MoWeFr 2:00PM - 2:50PM

Capen 108

Works in Progress

  • “Lexicography of the languages of South Asia from c. 1750 to the present​“ for The Cambridge World History of Lexicography

Selected Publications

Negotiating Languages

Awards and Fellowships

  • 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.