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Walter Nils Hakala

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Walter Nils Hakala

Guest Professor, Humanities & Social Sciences

  • B.A., University of Virginia, 2001
  • M.A., Jawaharlal Nehru University, 2004
  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2010



  • Work Experience

    • Director, Asian Studies Program, University at Buffalo, 2018 to present
    • Associate Professor, Department of English and Asian Studies Program, University at Buffalo, SUNY, 2017 to present
    • Assistant Professor, Department of English and Asian Studies Program, University at Buffalo, SUNY, 2011 to 2017
    • Visiting Scholar, Kyungpook National University Global Summer School, 2016

  • Selected Publications

    • “From Sepoy to Film Star: Indian Interpreters of an Afghan Mythic Space,” Modern Asian Studies 50, no. 5 (2016): 1501-1546.
    • “On Equal Terms: The Equivocal Origins of an Early Mughal Indo-Persian Vocabulary,” Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society (Third Series) 25, no. 2 (2015): 209-27.
    • “The Authorial Problem in the Khaliq Bari of ‘Khusrau’,” Indian Economic & Social History Review 51, no. 4 (2014): 481-96.
    • “A Sultan in the Realm of Passion: Coffee in Eighteenth-Century Delhi,” Eighteenth-Century Studies 47, no. 4 (2014): 371-88.
    • “Languages as a Key to Understanding Afghanistan’s Cultures,” Education About Asia 17, no. 2 (2012): 42-46. Republished in 2014 as part of the National Geographic Online Education Collection.