January 16, 2013
Iyer published Roots and
Reflections: South Asians in the Pacific Northwest. Co-authored with
Amy Bhatt of the University of Maryland Baltimore Country, the book takes a
multi-generational approach through oral histories to show how South Asian
immigrants shaped the Pacific Northwest. In addition to teaching English, Iyer
teaches in the Asian
Studies and Women
and Gender Studies programs. She also directs the university’s Office of
Research Services and Sponsored Programs.
Published by the University of
Washington Press, Roots and Reflections focuses on immigrants from
India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka.
“Although South Asians
settled in the area by the end of the 19th century, the majority of South Asians
came after World War II,” Iyer said. “In addition to highlighting the immigrant
experience through personal reflections on work, marriage, parenting, and
community, we were able to capture their distinct cultural ties in the context
of the global immigration phenomena.”
Iyer, who received her PhD from
Purdue University, joined the College of Arts and Sciences faculty in 1993. Her
research and scholarship focus on South Asian literature, feminist theory, and
19th and 20th century British literature. Roots and Reflections is her
The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in
Seattle University, offers 42 undergraduate majors, 37 minors, and 7 master's degrees.
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