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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 posts


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.


Microlending Enters a New Phase

Long associated with less-developed economies, various efforts to hook smaller bits of First World money to First World needs are afoot.


The Benefits of a Good Cry? It Depends

Having a good cry, whether after just winning the French Open or losing the Australian Open, surely brings something positive — or are you just a crybaby?


A Keats Revival?

What is the nature of coincidence?


Déjà Vu: Memories From an Alternate Reality?

Maybe you could swear you’ve read these words before, but the study of déjà vu has attracted some mainstream scientists who find that familiarity breeds recollections.


No Money, No Marriage

Many men want to have achieved something before marrying, and the corresponding lack of wealth seems to be a factor in who gets hitched.


Iran’s Sexual Revolution

President Obama ran on a platform of change. And when Iranians go to the polls in early June, rivals of current President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are also hoping that a promise of change might convince the country not to vote for the incumbent.


The Financial Carnage on Campus

Amid the destruction wrought by the global financial crisis, should American colleges and universities be seeking a bailout plan of their own?


The Anxiety of Test Taking

The Institute for Research on Education Policy and Practice at Stanford University just released a study on the effects of the California High School Exit Exam on graduation rates. About half of 50 U.S. states require students to take a similar test at the end of high school in order to graduate.


The Price of a Sharp Mind



Suspense and Sports Television



Hot for Teacher



Federer Too Old at 27?



The Scrutable Asian

The Fox family of television networks is not exactly known for its subtle look at the nature of cultural difference.


Happiness and Home Ownership



Things Fall Together: An Introduction

Meet’s newest blogger Sameer Pandya and his ‘Research of Culture.’

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Don’t Text and Drive—Especially If You’re Old

A new study shows that texting while driving becomes even more dangerous with age.

Apparently You Can Bring Your Religion to Work

New research says offices that encourage talk of religion actually make for happier workplaces.

Canadian Kids Have a Serious Smoking Problem

Bootleg cigarette sales could be leading Canadian teens to more serious drugs, a recent study finds.

The Hidden Psychology of the Home Ref

That old myth of home field bias isn’t a myth at all; it’s a statistical fact.

The Big One

One in two United States senators and two in five House members who left office between 1998 and 2004 became lobbyists. November/December 2014

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