Iyer Publishes Roots and Reflections

Written by Laura Paskin
January 16, 2013

English Professor Nalini 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 second book.

The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers 42 undergraduate majors, 37 minors, and 7 master's degrees.