Natasha Kumar Warikoo
Natasha Warikoo studies race, ethnicity and education, using the tools of the sociology of culture to reveal social and cultural processes in schools and universities. Her book, Balancing Acts: Youth Culture in the Global City(University of California Press, 2011), analyzes how youth cultures among children of immigrants are related to their orientations toward schooling through ethnographic, interview, and survey data in diverse New York and London high schools. Balancing Acts won the Thomas and Znaneicki Best Book Award from the American Sociological Associations International Migration Section. Warikoo spent the 2013-2014 year at the Russell Sage Foundation, where she worked on a project about the perspectives of students attending elite British and American universities on merit in admissions, inequality, and race. This project compares how national contexts, university practices, and race shape students meaning-making related to diversity and excellence, culminating in her second book, What Merit Means: Admissions, Race, and Inequality at Elite Universities in the United States and Britain. Warikoos research has also been published in scholarly journals (American Journal of Education; British Education Research Journal; Poetics; Race, Ethnicity and Education; Racial and Ethnic Studies; Review of Educational Research; Sociological Forum), edited books, and newspapers (Education Week, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post), and she has won grants and awards from American Sociological Association, the British Academy, National Science Foundation, Nuffield Foundation, and Russell Sage Foundation. She completed her Ph.D. in Sociology at Harvard University, and B.Sc. and B.A. in mathematics and philosophy at Brown University. Prior to Harvard, Warikoo was Assistant Professor at University of London's School of Advanced Study, and was also a teacher in New York City's public schools for four years.
S801 Culture, Institutions, and Society Core Seminar | Spring 2016