Iswari Pandey
Iswari P. Pandey, Ph.D.

Preeminent Scholarly Publication Award

I am a language worker. I study how people use language to define citizenship in the academe and community spaces, and how such practices vary by context—locally and translocally.

Pandey’s work spotlights the intersection of literacy, culture, and citizenship to study the (trans)formation of individual and community identity. His ethnographic work, South Asian in the Mid-South: Migrations of Literacies, examines how South Asian immigrants in a Mid-Southern US city design and deploy shifting literacy practices to recreate, recast, and represent their identities locally and transnationally. He won the 2017 CCCC Advancement of Knowledge Award from the Conference on College Composition and Communication/National Council of Teachers of English for this book. His scholarship investigates such areas as global Englishes and academic writing, Western knowledge and non-Western rhetoric, and research methods and truth claims, among others, and has won him multiple honors, including a Senior Research Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Institute of Indian Studies.