Anindya Kundu is a PhD Candidate in Sociology of Education at New York University. He is an Adjunct Professor for the undergraduate course, “American Dilemmas: Race, Inequality, and the Unfulfilled Promise of Public Education.” He is the 2017 winner of the NYU Steinhardt School’s “Outstanding Doctoral Student Teaching Award.” He is also a 2017 TED Resident.
Anindya studies the concept of agency, and investigates how disadvantaged students navigate obstacles to beat the odds against them. This research looks to make interdisciplinary connections between sociology and psychology, looking at the social and personal factors that can help young people overcome their limit-situations. Anindya is the author of the forthcoming book, “Achieving Agency: Regaining Collective Responsibilities for All Students to Succeed,” (Rowman and Littlefield, 2018).
Anindya’s Dissertation is titled, “Adding a Social Perspective to Grit: How Disadvantaged Students Navigate Obstacles to Succeed.” His dissertation committee consists of Chair, Dr. Pedro Noguera (UCLA), Member, Dr. Lisa Stulberg (NYU), and Member, Dr. Angela Duckworth (UPENN).