Dr. Anindya Kundu is a Sociologist at New York University. He serves as a Postdoctoral Research Scholar at NYU in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, in the Department of Administration, Leadership, and Technology.
Interests: Achievement, Higher Education, Workforce Development, Race & Inequality, Agency, Grit, Stratification, Social Justice, Activism
Research: Anindya is the lead qualitative research scientist, evaluating the HERE to HERE program which creates college and career pathways for South Bronx youth. The project was generously funded by the Dimon Foundation and the P.I’s of the research project are Dr. June Ahn and Dr. Noel Anderson.
Anindya’s own scholarship involves the concept of agency, as he investigates how strivers, or high-achieving students of color from low-income backgrounds, navigate social, cultural, institutional, and economic obstacles to beat the odds. His 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 researches the social and cultural supports and environments which can allow all students to thrive. He is specifically interested in the success of first-generation, minority college goers and creating culturally responsive college campus environments. Anindya is the author of the forthcoming book, “Achieving Agency: Regaining Collective Responsibilities for All Students to Succeed,” (2019).
Anindya’s 2018 Dissertation was 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). Anindya was a 2017 TED Resident and he won the NYU Steinhardt Outstanding Doctoral Teaching Award.