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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:
Foundations of South Asian Studies (Humanities Institute Research Group):,


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

Current Courses

Spring 2015

Eng 383A - Studies in World Lit: India

T Th             3:30 - 4:50
Reg. No. 23140

Eng 446 - Islam and Literature

T  Th        11:00 - 12:20
AS 446 (#23684) / ENG 446 (#23147)

Fall 2014

Monday 12:30-3:10, Clemens 1032
Registration Numbers:  (A) 23606   (B) 23607

MWF   9:00 - 9:50
Reg. No. 23575

Works in Progress

  • “Negotiating Terms: Urdu Lexicography and the Definition of Modern South Asia.” A book-length study of the diverse genres and personas associated with the 700-year tradition of Urdu and Hindi lexicography in South Asia.

Selected Publications

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.