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Nikhil Mandalaparthy

Class of 2024-2025

About Nikhil

Nikhil Mandalaparthy is a writer, organizer, researcher and curator whose work has focused on promoting religious pluralism and social justice in South Asia and North America. Nikhil is a board member of Sadhana: Coalition of Progressive Hindus, and he curates Voices of Bhakti, a digital archive showcasing over 450 translations of South Asian poetry on religion, caste, and gender from 40 languages. He recently served as Deputy Executive Director of Hindus for Human Rights, and previously, with the Aspen Institute’s Religion & Society Program, he helped launch a network of civic and faith leaders advancing religious pluralism across the United States. He has conducted quantitative and qualitative research at the World Bank, Stimson Center, and the University of Washington. As a journalist, Nikhil’s writing has been supported by the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting, and he has been published in outlets such as Foreign Policy magazine, Religion News Service, and Religion Dispatches. He has been quoted and interviewed by publications including BBC World Service, Al Jazeera, and the Huffington Post. Nikhil was born in Singapore, grew up in the Seattle area, and completed undergraduate and master’s degrees in public policy at the University of Chicago. In his free time, he enjoys spending time in nature, trying out new recipes, and playing violin.    Nikhil obtained his BA at the University of Chicago in 2019 and a joint BA/MPP degree at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy in 2020.

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