Anindya Kundu

Sociologist, educator, writer
Anindya Kundu suggests all students can succeed if provided collective support systems and opportunities.

Why you should listen

Dr. Anindya Kundu studies the concepts of agency and human potential. Similar to "social" psychologists, Kundu is like a "personhood" sociologist. He examines the social contexts, educational systems, and opportunity structures that create positive change in people's lives. His debut book, The Power of Student Agency, will be released in early 2020.

Kundu is currently a senior fellow at the City University of New York, Graduate Center. Previously at NYU, he taught, "American Dilemmas: Race, Inequality, and the Promise of Public Education" and "Research on Urban Education." He received a school-wide Outstanding Teaching Award. Kundu also taught high school students storytelling through The Moth for a brief time.

Kundu has frequently contributed to public discourse on education. His work has appeared in NPR Education, MSNBC and Huffington Post. As he puts it: "There is intellectual talent going uncultivated in our communities. If we treat education as our greatest public responsibility, more students can be capable of great things and we can better tackle the social problems that lie ahead, together."