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).
“Lexicography, Urdu,”, in Encyclopædia of Islam, THREE, edited by Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson, Leiden: Brill, 2020.
Hakala, Walter and Lisa Mitchell, “The Lexicography of the Languages of South Asia from c. 1750 to Present,” The Cambridge World History of Lexicography, edited by John Considine (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019): 388-413.
A Masnavi in Praise of Coffee: [Prepared] at the bidding of Nawab ‘Umdat Al-Mulk Amir Khan Bahadur by Shah Hatim (1699-1783).” Translated with M.A. Naru. Eighteenth-Century Studies 47, no. 4 (2014), pages 425-27.