Walter Hakala

Walter Hakala.

Associate Professor
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). 

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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