Department of Sociology
120 Eaton Hall
Medford, MA 02155
Ph.D., Cornell University
Asian America, Immigrant Adaptation, Race and Ethnic Relations, Social/Cultural Inequalities
Biography and Interests
Pawan Dhingra is Professor and Chair of Sociology and Professor of American Studies at Tufts University. He joined Tufts University after serving as Associate Professor at Oberlin College and as Assistant Professor at Bucknell University.
From 2011-2012 he served as Museum Curator at the Smithsonian Institution, for the Indian American Heritage Project and its exhibition, Beyond Bollywood, which showed at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History.
He is the author of two award-winning books: Life Behind the Lobby: Indian American Motel Owners and the American Dream (Stanford University Press, 2012), which has been profiled in National Public Radio, The Wall Street Journal, Voice of America News, Colorlines magazine, Times of India, Hyphen magazine, and elsewhere. His first book on second-generation immigrant communities was Managing Multicultural Lives: Asian American Professionals and the Challenge of Multiple Identities (Stanford University Press, 2007). He also co-authored (with Robyn Rodriguez) The Sociology of Asian Americans, by invitation (Polity Press, 2014). He is the author of numerous articles as well.
Pawan also serves as President of the Board of the South Asian American Digital Archive. His professional service also includes having served as Chair of the Asia and Asian America section of the American Sociological Association, serving on journal boards, serving as reviewer for exhibitions, foundations and journals, and other commitments. He has received various grants, fellowships, and research awards.
His teaching interests include topics of culture, identity, inequality, race, immigration, identity, and Asian American Studies. He has received three teaching awards/recognitions.
He has spoken to community, media, and academic audiences on topics of immigration, Asian American and Indian American communities, entrepreneurship, identity, culture, race, education, and inequality.