Tyler Williams

Prof. Tyler Williams Assistant Professor
Office: Foster Hall 210
Phone: (773) 834-6450
Email: twwilliams@uchicago.edu

Tyler Williams teaches courses on Hindi-Urdu literature, South Asian literature, aesthetics, and intellectual history in the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations. His research interests center on book history, literacy, aesthetics, and merchantile religious and literary culture in South Asia. Williams received a BA in South Asian Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, an MA and MPhil in Hindi literature from Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, and a PhD in Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies from Columbia University, New York.

Williams is currently pursuing two research projects: the first a social and material history of vernacular reading practices in North India; the second a study of the role of merchant communities in shaping Hindi literary tastes and bhakti religious sensibilities in the early modern period. He has recently co-edited the volume "Texts and Traditions in Early Modern North India," forthcoming from Oxford University Press, India this year, in addition to publishing articles, reviews and translations in various journals and collections. Williams writes an academic blog in Hindi titled “Kaagaz” (‘Pages’ kagaaz.wordpress.com), and posts information about academic projects in English and in Hindi on his personal site, www.tylerwwilliams.com.


  • Ph.D. Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies, Columbia University, New York
  • M.A. & MPhil, Hindi literature, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  • B.A., South Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley