Natasha Kumar Warikoo
(Sociology, November 2005)
Thesis Title: The Cultural Worlds of Second Generation Teenagers in London and New York City
Committee: Mary C. Waters (chair), Michele Lamont, and Prudence Carter
Initial Placement: Lecturer in U.S. Studies, Institute for the Study of the Americas, School of Advanced Study, University of London
Current Position: Associate Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA
Natasha Kumar Warikoo is associate professor of education at Harvard University. She is an expert on racial and ethnic inequality in education. Her most recent book, The Diversity Bargain: And Other Dilemmas of Race, Admissions, and Meritocracy at Elite Universities (University of Chicago Press, 2016), illuminates how undergraduates attending Ivy League universities and Oxford University conceptualize race and meritocracy. The book emphasizes the contradictions, moral conundrums, and tensions on campus related to affirmative action and diversity, and how these vary across racial and national lines.