Your Cart


Student Achievement; Equity in Education; Educational Leadership; Closing the Opportunity Gap.

Anindya Kundu

The Power Of Student Agency

By Anindya Kundu

Foreword by Pedro Noguera
"One of my favorite thinkers on the structural and personal opportunities all children need to thrive." - Angela Duckworth

How can we promote the learning and well-being of all students, especially those who come from some of the most disadvantaged backgrounds? We can fight against deeply rooted inequalities in the American educational system by harnessing student agency―each person’s unique capacity for positive change.

Buy Now

Public Scholar / Award-Winning Educator

Dr. Anindya Kundu

Hey! I’m Anindya Kundu and I’m a sociologist who loves thinking about how people can succeed despite various challenges. I am an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at Florida International University.
I am invested in: Contexts in which youth thrive and learn best; urban education as a topic and lens to address the opportunity gap; cultural competency in educational spaces; mental health in higher education; race & inequality; agency & grit; and, social justice.
My scholarship involves “agency.” I investigate how strivers, or racial minorities from low-income backgrounds, navigate social, cultural, institutional, and economic obstacles to beat the odds. I research the resources, tools, and environments that all students need to thrive.
Email me at!

❝Anindya is a charismatic speaker. His passion and empathy make him an especially effective communicator! ❞ -

Angela Duckworth, psychologist and author of NYT Bestseller, GRIT: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

TED Talks

My debut TED Talk in 2017 on the conditions for student success and the differences between grit and agency

My second TED Talk was in the Top 5 Most Popular TED Talks of 2020 on the opportunity gap

Blog & Book Tour

Book Tour Event # 1

The following is a transcript from the 6-26 Zoom Virtual Book Tour event with Dr.’s Angela Duckworth, Pedro Noguera, and Anindya Kundu for The Power of Student Agency.

Read More

Book Tour Event # 2

The following is a transcript from the 7-03 Zoom Virtual Book Tour event with Dr.’s Jeff Duncan-Andrade, Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales, Glenda Macatangay and Anindya Kundu for The Power of Student Agency.

Read More

Book Tour Event # 3

7-24-20: Educational Leadership and Inspiring Agency in Disruptive Times with Lisette Nieves, Scott MacLeod, and Maurice Swinney.

Read More

Contact Anindya