Deepa Iyer is a South Asian American activist, writer, and lawyer. Iyer’s areas of expertise include the post 9/11 America experiences of South Asian, Muslim, Arab and Sikh immigrants, hate violence, national security and immigration policies, and racial equity and solidarity practices. Iyer served for a decade as executive director of South Asian Americans Leading Together. She has also worked as a trial attorney at the civil rights division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and at national and local Asian American civil rights organizations.
Iyer’s first book, We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future (The New Press 2015), received a 2016 American Book Award and was selected as a top 10 multicultural non-fiction book of 2015. Since We Too Sing America was published, Iyer has been part of over 50 community conversations at college campuses, nonprofit organizations, and faith-based institutions.
Iyer is a contributing writer to Colorlines, and has published opinion editorials in CNN.com, the Guardian, the Huffington Post, the Nation, and the New York Times. She has taught Asian American Studies classes at Columbia University, Hunter College, and the University of Maryland.