Kusum Knapczyk

Kusum Knapczyk

Lecturer of Hindi Language of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Office Hours: 

Spring 2020 

Monday & Tuesday from 12:00 to 1:00 pm.

Office:                       John Hope Franklin Center

                                  2204 Erwin Road, Room 202, Box 90414,

                                  Durham, North Carolina-27708

Office phone:            919-681-1591

My current work focuses on developing materials for Hindi language pedagogy. I am completing a reader for novice-mid to intermediate level students titled Hindi Reader: Novice to Intermediate. The goal of this reader is to incorporate readings, exercises, and activities to develop the four language skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. This reader also focuses on culture and ways to express emotions. I have also developed a website for students of Hindi which includes video tutorials for learning the Devanagari script: www. hindicentral.com

Each semester I lead the Hindi conversation club on campus and show Bollywood films open to the general public.


Kusum Knapczyk is Hindi lecturer at Duke University. Before joining Duke in 2016, she served as Hindi Lecturer at the University of Colorado Boulder and Indiana University, Bloomington. Kusum has taught Hindi at SASLI (South Asia Summer Language Institute) at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She has also taught Hindi at the University of Texas at Austin, and in several STARTALK intensive Hindi language programs throughout the US, including STARTALK: Hindi in the Rockies at the University of Colorado, Boulder.  

Kusum received a PhD in Hindi literature from Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India, and she is a fully certified ACTFL OPI and WPT tester for Hindi. Kusum has published numerous articles and short stories in Hindi newspapers and magazines. Her research interests are the history of Hindi literature and language, Hindi language pedagogy, and Urdu poetry.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Jawaharlal Nehru University (India) 2010

Knapczyk, Kusum, and Peter Knapczyk. Reading Hindi Novice to Intermediate. 2020.