Faculty Profile


Dr. Anandini Dar


Anandini Dar, PhD (Childhood Studies), Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA; MA Prelim (Sociology) & Graduate Diploma (Gender, Sexuality & Diversity Studies), La Trobe University, Australia; BA Honours (English Literature), Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi, India.

Areas of Research Interest: Childhood Studies, Migration Culture & Identity, Youth Spaces, Globalization, Children's Geographies & Politics, Children's Rights, Right to Education, South Asian Diaspora, Race & Ethnicity, Qualitative Research Methods.

Dr. Dar’s PhD research examined how youth spaces enable South Asian teenagers to become civically engaged and active political agents in the contemporary post 9/11 period in USA. Furthermore, the research addresses issues of class, culture, identity, and globalization as experienced and negotiated daily by South Asian immigrant teenagers growing up in New York City. This research is based on a multi-sited ethnography conduced from 2010-12 starting at a youth center in Queens, New York, and subsequently in other in-between sites such as streets, subways, neighboring cities, and online spaces. Anandini is currently working on publications arising out of this research.

Past Experience

Anandini Dar has worked in academia and with non-governmental organisations and youth community activism groups in India and in USA.


  • 2013-14 Graduate Assistantship, Center for Race and Ethnicity, Rutgers University-New Brunswick.
  • 2012-13 Graduate Assistantship, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences & Graduate School, Rutgers.
  • 2008-12 Graduate Assistantship, Department of Childhood Studies, Rutgers University-Camden.
  • 2009 &12 Graduate Student Research Grant, Dean of Arts and Science, Rutgers University.
  • 2012 Urban Geography Specialty Group Travel Award, American Association of Geographers.
  • 2010 David K. Sengstack Endowed Graduate Fellowship.
  • 2010 National Science Foundation Scholarship for Enhancing Communication in Cross Disciplinary Research, University of Idaho.
  • 2009 Childhood Studies Department Travel Grant, Rutgers University.
  • 2006 The Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty Scholarship, La Trobe University.
  • 2006 Academic Excellence Award, Chisholm College, La Trobe University.
  • 2005 Exchange Program Scholarship Award,Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi.
  • 2005 Shri Daulat Rai M. Desai Prize for Leadership, Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi.


  • 2016 “South Asian Youth Groups.” In Simon Bronner and Cindy Dell Clark. Eds.Youth Cultures in America. 2 Volumes. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO Greenwood.
  • 2012 “Children’s Lives.” In Edward Ramsamy, Andrea L. Stanton, Peter J. Seybolt, and Carolyn Elliot Eds.Cultural Sociology of the Middle East, Asia and Africa: An Encyclopedia. Volume 4: West, Central and South Asia. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
  • 2011 (with Patrick Cox) “Editorial: Re-Exploring Childhood Studies.”Childhoods Today, 5(2): 1-8.
  • 2011 (with John Wall) “Children’s Political Representation: The Right to Make a Difference.” International Journal of Children’s Rights, 19 (4): 595-612.
  • 2010 (withDaniel Hart,Nyeema Watson, Bob Atkins)“Prosocial Tendencies, Antisocial Behavior, and Moral Development in Childhood Prosocial tendencies.” In Alan Slater and Gavin Bremner. Eds. An Introduction to Developmental Psychology, 2nd Edition. New Jersey: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • 2009 “Children in Conflict With Law: A Case Study of Young Boys in Delhi.” In My Name is Today,Vol. 16. New Delhi: Butterflies.
  • 2007 (with Ishita Islam, ShruthiJayaram and AnanyaOhri) Report: Access to Protection of Dalit girls: An Inquiry; the case of Garhi Chhaju, Haryana. New Delhi: UNICEF and Knowledge Community of Children in India.
  • 2007 Ed. Report on the Seminar on ‘Children as Victims of Crime: Psycho-social and Forensic Perspectives. New Delhi: Prayas Juvenile Aid Center.