Theiline Pigott McCone Chair in Humanities

The Theiline Pigott McCone Chair in Humanities is dedicated to promoting scholarly life among faculty. The President of Seattle University bestows this award to a member of the College of Arts and Sciences faculty who is an outstanding teacher and scholar in one of the basic humanities disciplines. 

The 2020-22 Pigott McCone Chair is Professor Nalini Iyer, Ph.D.


Seattle University President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., appointed Professor Nalini Iyer as the Theiline Pigott McCone Chair in Humanities. The two-year appointment starts July 2020. 

Nalini Iyer, Professor in the English department, came to Seattle University in 1993 after completing her Ph.D. at Purdue University. She introduced into the English department’s curriculum courses in Postcolonial literatures, South Asian and African literatures, and Non-Western Women’s writing. She is affiliated faculty in Women and Gender Studies, International Studies, Global African Studies, and Asian Studies programs.

Upcoming Events

We Hereby Refuse: Japanese American Resistance to Wartime Incarceration
Tuesday, Oct. 26, 12:30 p.m.
This event is free and open to all. RSVP on Eventbrite.

The Pigott-McCone Endowed Chair in the Humanities and the English Department welcome Tamiko Nimura, PhD, who will speak about her recent book We Hereby Refuse: Japanese American Resistance to Wartime Incarceration.

Japanese Americans complied when evicted from their homes in World War II—but many refused to submit to imprisonment in American concentration camps without a fight. In this groundbreaking graphic novel, meet Jim Akutsu, the inspiration for John Okada’s No-No Boy, who refuses to be drafted from the camp at Minidoka when classified as a non-citizen, an enemy alien; Hiroshi Kashiwagi, who resists government pressure to sign a loyalty oath at Tule Lake, but yields to family pressure to renounce his U.S. citizenship; and Mitsuye Endo, a reluctant recruit to a lawsuit contesting her imprisonment, who refuses a chance to leave the camp at Topaz so that her case could reach the U.S. Supreme Court.

Based upon painstaking research, We Hereby Refuse presents an original vision of America's past with disturbing links to the American present.

For more information, contact Professor Nalini Iyer, niyer@seattleu.edu.

Past Events

Memoir, Migration, and Masculinity: A conversation with Dr. Sonora Jha
April 19, 2020, 6 PM