Nikhil Mandalaparthy is the Program Associate for the Inclusive America Project at the Aspen Institute.
Nikhil is passionate about religious pluralism and bridge-building. At the University of Chicago, he worked at the Spiritual Life Office as a Student Assistant, and co-founded an annual interfaith concert series with UChicago’s Hindu and Muslim student groups. He also serves on the executive board of Sadhana: Coalition of Progressive Hindus.
Nikhil’s writing and reporting on religion and politics in South Asia and its diaspora has appeared in media outlets such as Scroll, The Diplomat, Dawn, and Kajal Magazine. He was a 2019 Student Fellow with the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting, where his project focused on how Sufi shrines in India were being affected by rising polarization. He has presented at the 2018 Parliament of World’s Religions in Toronto, Canada, and the 2020 IMPACT Conference at Arizona State University.
Prior to joining the Inclusive America Project, Nikhil worked and conducted research at the World Bank, the Stimson Center, and the University of Washington. He received a B.A. in Public Policy Studies from the University of Chicago in 2019, and will be receiving an M.P.P. from the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy in June 2020.