Hey! I’m Anindya Kundu and I’m a sociologist who loves thinking about how people can succeed despite various challenges. I have a Ph.D. in Sociology of Education and I currently serve as a Senior Fellow and Head of Research at The City University of New York (CUNY) – the largest urban university system in the U.S. A little more about my work and research:
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.
My book, “Agency & The Social Side to Grit: Regaining Collective Responsibilities for All Students to Succeed,” comes out in 2020 (Teachers College Press). The renowned Dr. Pedro Noguera is writing the foreword.
My Dissertation was, “Adding a Social Perspective to Grit: How Disadvantaged Students Navigate Obstacles to Succeed.” In 2018, I won the NYU Outstanding Doctoral Teaching Award. My mentors are Dr. Pedro Noguera (UCLA), Dr. Lisa Stulberg (NYU), and Dr. Angela Duckworth (UPENN). I am also a Resident at TED.