Nora Melnikova

Lecturer – Hindi

Ph.D. Masaryk University, Czech Republic (Religious
Studies), 2014
M.A. Charles University, Czech Republic (Hindi & Sanskrit), 2008


(510) 642-2255
Address & Office Hours: 

OFFICE HOURS: Tuesday and Thursday 12-1, Dwinelle 347 (current Fall 2019)

Melnikova works as a Lecturer of Hindi language
and literature in the Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies at the
University of California, Berkeley. She studied Hindi, Sanskrit, and
Teaching Czech as a Foreign Language in Czech Republic and Germany. From 2007,
she taught Czech language and literature at Delhi University and Hindi language
and literature, and Theravada Buddhism at Charles University in Prague. At present,
her research focuses on Second language teaching; she is working on bidirectional
transfer in Hindi speakers with Czech as a second language. Her other areas of
interest are Religious Studies, in particular modern Theravada Buddhism, and
Early Modern languages and literature in North India. She translated Mirabai
poems and Erich Frauwallner's History of Indian Philosophy into Czech. Her
publications include "Hindi textbooks and Communicative Language Teaching
in Central Europe," "Mirabai – a saint or a rebel", and "
Vipassana – an ancient Buddhist tradition or a modern school of meditation".