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Nandita Chaudhary, Ph. D.

Nandita Chaudhary teaches at the Department of Human Development and Childhood Studies, Lady Irwin College, University of Delhi. She has been a Fulbright Scholar and Senior Fellow of the Indian Council for Social Science Research.

Nandita Chaudhary teaches at the University of Delhi, Lady Irwin College, Department of Human Development and Childhood Studies. She has been a Fulbright scholar at the Psychology Department, Clark University, USA, during the years 1993 – 94, and a Senior Fellow of the ICSSR (Indian Council for Social Science Research) from 2012 - 2014. Dr. Chaudhary has participated in international collaborations in the area of culture, children’s development and family studies, and has supervised research from India, Denmark, Germany and the US. She has also been an advisor to scholars, University departments, national and international agencies, and legal services in matters related to childhood and family in India. She is an expert for the Delhi High Court Mediation Centre for cases involving child custody.

Dr. Chaudhary is the author of ‘Listening to Culture: Constructing reality from everyday talk’ (2004, Sage), and has co-edited five volumes: ‘Resistance in Everyday life: Constructing cultural experiences’ (2017, Springer), ‘Cultural psychology and its future: Complementarity in a new key’ (2014, Information Age), ‘Cultural realities of being: Abstract ideas within everyday lives’ (2013, Routledge), ‘Dynamic process methodology in the social and developmental sciences’ (2009, Springer), and ‘Researching families and children: Culturally appropriate methods’ (2008, Sage). She has authored several chapters in books and journals. She is an Associate Editor for the journal Culture & Psychology and is on the editorial board of three other journals. She has written several chapters and articles on childhood, family life and education in India; and is currently working on a publication emerging from two years of ethnographic research with young children in Northern India. She is actively involved public awareness campaigns regarding cultural issues in parenting. Additionally, she is passionate about photography, especially of children and families, as well as nature. Reading, writing, sketching and travel are her other interests.

Publications

Books

Chaudhary, N. (2004). Listening to culture: Constructing reality from everyday talk. New Delhi: Sage.

Edited books

Chaudhary, N., Hviid, P., Marsico, G. & Villadsen, J. W. (2017). Resistance in everyday life: Constructing cultural experiences. New Delhi Springer. ISBN: 9789811035807

Wagoner, B. Chaudhary, N. & Hviid, P. (2014). Cultural psychology and its future: Complementarity in a new key, Vol. I. Charlotte, NC: Information Age. ISBN: 9781623966263

Chaudhary, N., Anandalakshmy, S., & Valsiner, J. (2013). Cultural realities of being: Abstract ideas and everyday lives. (Book 4 in Series) J. Valsiner (Series editor) Cultural dynamics of social representation. New York: Routledge. ISBN:  9780415600637

Valsiner, J., Molenaar, P. C. M., Lyra, M. C. D. P. & Chaudhary, N.  (2009). Dynamic process methodology in the social and developmental sciences. New York: Springer.ISBN: 9780387959221

Chaudhary, N., Anandalakshmy, S. and Sharma, N. (2008).Researching families and children: Culturally appropriate methods. New Delhi: Sage. ISBN: 9788178298726

Chapters in Books and Journal articles

Chaudhary, N. & Shukla, S. (2017). Family, Identity and the Indian individual. In. G. Misra, ICSSR survey, Advances in Psychology. New Delhi: Oxford University Press. ISBN: Awaited

Chaudhary, N. (2017). Childhood, culture and social science: What we have gained and may be in the process of losing. Publication of the symposium Childhood: Traditions, trends and transformations held at Azim Premji University, Bangalore, Karnataka. New York: Routledge. ISBN: Awaited

Keller, H. & Chaudhary, N. (2017). Is the mother essential for attachment: Models of care in different cultures. In, H. Keller & K. Bard (Eds.) Contextualizing attachment: The cultural nature of attachment. Cambridge, Mass.: M.I.T. Press. ISBN: Awaited

Chaudhary, N. & Pillai, P. (2016) Creativity and Indian culture. In V. Glăveanu (Ed.). The Palgrave handbook of creativity and culture. New York, Palgrave. ISBN:  9781137463432

Kaertner, J., Crafa, D., Chaudhary, N. & Keller, H. (2016). Reactions to Receiving a Gift-Maternal Scaffolding and Cultural Learning in Berlin and Delhi. Child Development, 87(3):712-722 · May 2016. DOI: 10.1111/cdev.12525

Chaudhary, N. (2015). Commentary. Mothers and others: The cultural construction of obvious and obscure identities. In K. Cabell, C. Cornejo & J. Valsiner. Making meaning, making motherhood. Charlotte, NC: Information Age. ISBN: 9781681231419

Presentations

Chaudhary, N. (February 3, 2017). Keynote speech: Nurturing language and communication in young learners. Association for Early Childhood Development and Education. SNDT Women’s University,Mumbai. PDF Download

Chaudhary, N. (19th November, 2016). Talk on ‘Challenges of the classroom in contemporary Indian society’. PASCH schools of the Goethe Institute, Max Mueller Bhavan, New Delhi.

Chaudhary, N. (21st October, 2016). Discussant, Panel on Getting parents ready for school. Ensuring foundation, enhancing learning: National Conference on School Readiness. Centre for Children’s Education and Development, Ambedkar University, New Delhi.

Chaudhary, N. (23rd September, 2016). Cognition through Hindu categories: Redefining the landscape of children’s learning. Lecture at the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, M. S. University of Baroda, Vadodra, Gujarat, India.

Chaudhary, N. (17th September, 2016). The serious business of child’s play. Panel discussant. Spielwarenmesse India Pvt. Ltd. and International Play Association. Bombay Exhibition & Convention Centre, Goregaon (E), Mumbai

Chaudhary, N. (26th April, 2016). ‘Childhood and growing up’ course of the new B Ed curriculum. Faculty Enrichment Programme for B. Ed. And B El. Ed. Teachers at Department of Education, Amity University.

Chaudhary, N. (14th April, 2016). ATLAS.ti software. Lecture for Doctoral students at Central Institute of Education, University of Delhi.

Chaudhary, N. (17th January, 2016). Qualitative research methods and ATLAS.ti. Presentation at the ICSSR Research Methodology course for doctoral students, Centre for Culture, Media and Governance, JamiaMiliaIslamia.

Chaudhary, N. (19th November, 2015). Childhood, culture and the social sciences: What we have gained, and may be in the process of losing. Paper presented at the Symposium on Childhood: Traditions, trends and transformations held at Azim Premji University, Bangalore, 19 – 21 November, 2015.

Chaudhary, N. (18th June, 2015). Childhood: What we have gained, and lost. Lecture at TISS, Mumbai.

Chaudhary, N. (30th January, 2015). Member, Panel discussion on ‘Debating Hinduism and the Indian Grand Narrative’, Psychology Department, University of Delhi.

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Awards

University of Copenhagen visiting scholar in Life-Course Studies, October, 2014

Senior Fellow, Indian Council for Social Sciences Research, New Delhi, 2012 – 2014

UGC Major Research Grant for research project on ‘Childhood in different communities: An ethnographic study”, 2010 – 2013

Adjudged the best Keynote speech at Tallinn, Estonia, Conference of the European Early Childhood Education Research Association, 2013

WitkinOkonji Award, International Association for Cross-cultural Psychology, 2000 and 2008

ICSSR (Indian Council for Social Science Research) Award, 2000 and 2006

University Grants Commission (India) Award, 2000 and 2006

Spencer Foundation Small Grant Award for research study, “The Impact of Early Language Input on Children’s Discourse: Implications for School Participation”. Jointly with Prof. Nancy Budwig, Department of Psychology, Clark University, Worcester, MA, USA, 1995

Fulbright Award for pre-doctoral study at Clark University, Worcester, MA, USA, 1993

Award for Dissertation grant, Indian Council for Social Sciences Research, Government of India, 1992

University Grants Commission award for doctoral study with full salary and seniority benefits, 1991

Research projects

2014 - 2016, Collaborator, Cross-national study on ‘The influence of socialization goals and practices on the development of pro-social behaviour in the toddler years: A cross-cultural study’. Project Director: Prof. Joscha Kärtner, Department of Psychology, University of Muenster, Muenster, Germany.

2013 – 2016, Member, Technical Work Group. Odisha Impact Study on ECE. International Children’s Fund, New Delhi

October 2014, Life-course studies collaboration with Pernille Hviid, Department of Psychology, University of Copenhagen

2014, Member, Consultative group, Research project on Framework for social and emotional learning for Indian schools. The Teacher Foundation, Bangalore, Karnataka.

2012 – 2014, Principal Investigator, Research project ‘Self and Identity of the young child: Emerging trends in contemporary Indian families’, Senior Fellowship, Indian Council for Social Science Research, New Delhi

2010 – 2012, Principal Investigator, Research project ‘Parent beliefs, socialisation practices and children’s development in Indian families’. Major Grants, University Grants Commission, New Delhi

2010 – 2014, Member, Research Advisory Committee, Qualitative study of ECE centres. CECED, Ambedkar University, New Delhi

2010, Advisor, Research methods training for doctoral and research scholars, Ambedkar University

2010 – 2013, Collaborator, International project on ‘Decision making in Everyday life’, Prof. Lawrence Steinberg, Temple University, Philadelphia, USA.

2008 – 2010, Member Steering Committee for the Advanced Research Training Seminar. Collaboration of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology, International Association for Applied Psychology and International Union of Psychologists.

2008 – 2010, Collaborator, International project (National Institute of Health, USA) with Prof. Jennifer Lansford, Centre for Child and Family Policy, Duke University, for a study on ‘Parent Behaviour and Child Adjustment Across Cultures’.

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Nandita Chaudhary (née Sindhu)

Nandita Chaudhary is teaching at the Department of Human Development and Childhood Studies, Lady Irwin College, University of Delhi.