Anindya Kundu is a doctoral degree candidate in sociology of education. Anindya studies the potential of human agency in helping students overcome obstacles and create positive change in their lives. His dissertation research adds social and cultural context to “grit” by learning how students can navigate around personal, social, and institutional challenges to succeed. Anindya’s book Achieving Agency is forthcoming; and he is the 2017 recipient of the NYU Steinhardt Outstanding Doctoral Student Teaching Award. Anindya has taught undergraduate courses on race and inequality, such as American Dilemmas: Race, Inequality, and the Unfulfilled Promise of Public Education at NYU and often contributes to public discourse on education. His work has appeared in NPR Education, MSNBC and Huffington Post and his TED Talk will be available on September 25, 2017.