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Sameer Pandya

Sameer Pandya
Sameer Pandya, formerly an assistant professor of English at Queens College, CUNY, is a lecturer in the Department of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His work has appeared in Narrative Magazine, Other Voices and Epiphany Magazine. He is currently working on a book about Asian-Americans and sports.

Recent articles

Jeremy Lin and the Post-Racial Playing Field

Linsanity has pointed out some residual glitches in the American psyche, in particular how the nation struggles to accept genuine racial diversity.

Finding a New Gandhi in the Book ‘Great Soul’

Like other great figures, new writings about Mohandas Gandhi tell us something about the subject but perhaps more about our times.

The Picture for Men: Superhero or Slacker

Recent scholarship and popular journalism both suggest an unappealing future for American boys: You’re screwed.

The Crisis in Liberal Arts Education

Questions about the direction and pertinence of a liberal arts education mirror questions being asked about the classical university as a whole.

Outsourcing an American Education

India is considering allowing Western universities to plant satellite campuses directly in the subcontinent’s fertile soil.

(Eastern) Religion Is the Last Refuge

Tiger’s Wood’s apology kabuki included the now de rigueur appeal to religious values — but not to the Christian ones Americans usually hear.

The Lives of Saints (and Sinners)

While the passing of Frank McCourt shone a light on memoirs, more literary biographies have been doing land-office business of late.

In Memoirs We Trust

Whether it’s from Irish-American high school teachers or vice presidents reporting from underground bunkers, Americans have a taste for others’ personal experiences.

New Conversations on Race

From a new book by William Julius Wilson to the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor, the primacy of race in the American dialogue hasn’t weakened, but the subject matter has.

Falling Hard for Bad Movies

Sameer Pandya compares summer movies to summer flings: They may be bad for us, but they’re awfully fun as they unspool.

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How Junk Food Companies Manipulate Your Tongue

We mistakenly think that harder foods contain fewer calories, and those mistakes can affect our belt sizes.

What Steve Jobs’ Death Teaches Us About Public Health

Studies have shown that when public figures die from disease, the public takes notice. New research suggests this could be the key to reaching those who are most at risk.

Speed-Reading Apps Will Not Revolutionize Anything, Except Your Understanding

The one-word-at-a-time presentation eliminates the eye movements that help you comprehend what you're reading.

To Make Friends, Autistic Kids Need Advice—and Space

Kids with autism need help when it comes to making friends—but they also need their independence.

Gaming the Wedding Gift Registry System

Registering for your wedding? Keep your must-have items away from the average price of your registry—they’re unlikely to be purchased.

The Big One

One state—Pennsylvania—logs 52 percent of all sales, shipments, and receipts for the chocolate manufacturing industry. March/April 2014