Assistant Professor of Instruction, Department of Asian Languages and Cultures
David Boyk teaches courses in Hindi-Urdu language, literature, and film. He received his Ph.D. in History from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2015. His research interests include the history of Hindi and Urdu language and literature, as well as urban and regional history in South Asia. His dissertation, “Provincial Urbanity: Intellectuals and Public Life in Patna, 1880-1930,” examined Patna, a city in the north Indian region of Bihar, and showed how it retained its vitality, particularly in Urdu literary culture, even as it was increasingly seen as a part of the “mofussil,” or provinces. Before coming to Northwestern in 2016, Boyk taught in the History department at the University of California, Berkeley.