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Pawan Dhingra

Professor and Faculty Equity and Inclusion Officer at Amherst College

Pawan Dhingra is Professor of American Studies and Faculty Equity and Inclusion Officer at Amherst College. He is a Former Curator at the Smithsonian Institution. He and his work have been published and profiled in The New York Times, CNN, National Public Radio, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, the White House forum on AAPI heritage, and elsewhere. His latest book is Hyper Education: Why Good Schools, Good Grades, and Good Behavior Are Not Enough (New York University Press 2020), which author Min Jin Lee described as a “fascinating exploration [that] gets to the root of education obsessions.” His other books include the multiple award-winning Life Behind the Lobby: Indian American Motel Owners and the American Dream (Stanford University Press, 2012) and the award-winning Managing Multicultural Lives: Asian American Professionals and the Challenge of Multiple Identities (Stanford University Press, 2007). He co-authored, Asian America: Sociological and Interdisciplinary Perspectives (Polity Press 2014). In addition to award-winning articles, he also appears in the Netflix documentary, Spelling the Dream. He has been President of the Board of the South Asian American Digital Archive. He also is an award-winning teacher.