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.

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