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Anindya Kundu    

Sociologist of Education

Anindya Kundu is Sociologist of Education at New York University. He has taught the undergraduate course, “American Dilemmas: Race, Inequality, and the Unfulfilled Promise of Public Education.” He won the 2017 NYU Steinhardt School’s “Outstanding Doctoral Student Teaching Award.” He was also a 2017 TED Resident, and his TED Talk has received over one million views.

Anindya studies the concept of agency, and investigates how disadvantaged students navigate obstacles to beat the odds against them. His research looks makes interdisciplinary connections between sociology and psychology, observing the social and personal factors that can help young people overcome various challenges. He also offers practical perspectives on the modern achievement gap. Anindya is the author of the forthcoming book, “Achieving Agency: Regaining Collective Responsibilities for All Students to Succeed.

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Education; Achievement; Achievement Gap; Inequality; Student Success

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