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Nandita Chaudhary, Ph. D.

Nandita Chaudhary is a Consultant and collaborator for projects, programmes and publications on Child Development, Family Studies and Cultural Psychology with specific reference to Indian communities. She blogs at Masala Chai: Musings about little people https://masalachaimusings.com/. She has taught at 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 taught at the University of Delhi, Lady Irwin College from 1982 – 2017. She continues to supervise doctoral dissertations at the College. 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.


Chapters in Books and Journals:

Chaudhary, N. (With Schliewe, S. and Marsico, G., Editors) (2018). Cultural psychology of intervention in a globalized world. Book series, Advances in Cultural Psychology (Series editor Jaan Valsiner). Charlotte, NC: Information Age. ISBN - Paperback: 978-1-64113-285-5, Hardcover: 978-1-64113-286-2, E-Book: 978-1-64113-287-9

Chaudhary, N. (2017). Global child rights and wrongs: There is nothing universal about child protection laws. The Sunday Guardian. 23rd September 2017. http://www.sundayguardianlive.com/lifestyle/10960-global-child-rights-and-wrongs-there-s-nothing-universal-about-child-protection-laws

Chaudhary, N. (Keller, H., Bard, K., Morelli, G., Chaudhary, N., Vicedo, M., Rosabal-Coto, M., Scheidecker, G., Murray, M., & Gottlieb, A.). (2018). The Myth of Universal Sensitive Responsiveness: Comment on Universality Without Uniformity: A Culturally Inclusive Approach to Sensitive Responsiveness in Infant Caregiving, Mesman et al. (2017). Child Development, Retrieved from Retrieved from: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/cdev.13031/full

Chaudhary, N. (Morelli, G., Bard, K., Chaudhary, N., Gottlieb, A., Keller, H., Murray, M., Quinn, N., Rosabal-Coto, M., Scheidecker, G., & Takada, A. (2018). Bringing the real world into developmental science: A commentary. Accepted for publication Child Development.

Chaudhary, N. (Morelli, G., Bard, K., Chaudhary, N., Gottlieb, A., Keller, H., Murray, M., Quinn, N., Rosabal-Coto, M., Scheidecker, G., & Takada, A. (2018). Ethical challenges of parenting interventions in low- to middle-income countries. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 49(1), 5-24.https://doi.org/10.1177/0022022117746241

Chaudhary, N. (2018). Cross-cultural psychology as a solution to global inequality: Optimism, overconfidence or naiveté? An invited commentary on ‘The Positive Role of Culture: What Cross-Cultural Psychology Has to Offer to Developmental Aid Effectiveness Research’, By Symen A. Brouwers. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, XX(X), XXX-XXX.

Chaudhary, N. & Valsiner, J. (2018). Caring through culture: A commentary. In T. Boll, D. Ferring & J. Valsiner, (Eds.), Cultures of care in aging: Handbook of geropsychology. Charlotte, NC: Information Age.

Chaudhary, N., Hviid, P., Marsico, G. & Villadsen, J. W. (2017). Resistance in everyday life: Constructing cultural experiences. Edited book with Springer, New Delhi. ISBN: 9789811035814

Chaudhary, N. & Shukla, S. (2017). The third gender and their identity in Indian society. In Chaudhary, N., Hviid, P., Marsico, G. & Villadsen, J. W. (In preparation). Resistance in everyday life: Constructing cultural experiences. Edited book with Springer, New Delhi. ISBN: 9789811035814

Valsiner, J. & Chaudhary, N. (2017). Rhythms of resistance: The way forward. Chaudhary, N., Hviid, P., Marsico, G. & Villadsen, J. W. (In preparation). Resistance in everyday life: Constructing cultural experiences. Edited book with Springer, New Delhi. ISBN: 9789811035814

Chaudhary, N. (2017). Childhood, culture and social science: What we have gained and may be in the process of losing. In T. S. Saraswathi, A. Madan, & S. Menon (Eds.), Childhoods in India: Traditions, trends and transformations. New Delhi: Routledge. ISBN: 9781138221710, 9781315098395.

Chaudhary, N. & Pillai, P. (2017) Creativity and Indian culture. In V. Glăveanu (Ed.). The Palgrave handbook of creativity and culture. New York, Palgrave. ISBN: 9781137463432


Chaudhary, N. (21st December, 2018). ‘The science and ethics of intervention: Psychology for social justice’. Invited lecture at 28th conference of National Association of Psychology, University of Delhi, 18th – 19th December, 2018

Chaudhary, N. (23rd November, 2018). ‘Diversity, equality and inclusion: A Child Development perspective’. Panel discussion on ‘Early childhood development and sustainable development goals: ECD 2030’. National Conference on ‘Every child’s right to early childhood development: Evolving inclusive practices. CECED (AUD) and AECED, India, New Delhi, 23rd, 24th November, 2018

Chaudhary, N. (12th October, 2018). ‘Geography as sacred: The symbolic in cultural psychology’. Winter School at the Sigmund Freud University, Berlin. Beyond Words: The Symbolic in Cultural Psychology, 11th – 13th October, 2018, SFU, Berlin

Chaudhary, N. (15th October, 2018). ‘Context as central to the study of human phenomena: Illustration of culturally situated methods’. Workshop on Cultural Psychology for Masters’ Students at SFU, Berlin, 15th and 16th October, 2018

Chaudhary, N. (5th October, 2018). ‘The myth of the independent individual: Why there can be no psychology without culture’. Keynote address at FORTIS Annual Psychology Conference on “Situating Culture in Applied Psychology”, 5th to 7th October, 2018FORTIS Hospital, Gurugram, India.

Chaudhary, N. (27th February, 2018). “So what? Do the changes suggested by Cultural Psychology have practical implications?” Panellist, Discussion at the 6th Annual Niels Bohr Lecture in Cultural Psychology. Centre for Cultural Psychology, University of Aalborg, Aalborg, Denmark.

Chaudhary, N. (6th November, 2017). Talk on ‘Gender and ethnic identity: Perspectives from Cultural Psychology’. International workshop and seminar on Gender at the intersection of identity and community: Viewing the landscape of culture in a Changing World. Collaborators: Department of Sociology, University of Kerala & Centre for Cultural Psychology, Aalborg University, Denmark. Held at Department of Sociology, University of Kerala Thiruvanathapuram, Kerala, 6th – 8th November, 2017.

Chaudhary, N. (3rd February, 2017). Talk on ‘Nurturing multilingualism: Language and communication in early childhood’. Organized by Association for Early Childhood Education and Development at SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai.

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.

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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

Witkin Okonji 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

University of Delhi Gold Medal for first rank in Masters’ in Child Development. University of Delhi, 1978

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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