Dr Todd Nachowitz is the Centre Coordinator for the Religious Diversity Centre.
Todd completed his PhD (2015), entitled “Towards a framework of deep diversity: identity and invisibility in the Indian diaspora in New Zealand,” in the Department of Political Science and Public Policy at the University of Waikato. Drawing on the Indian diaspora in New Zealand as a case study, and utilising anthropological and demographic methodologies and policy assessment, his thesis views diversity and multicultural policy in both historical and contemporary contexts, and proposes a new framework for diversity governance. Previously, Todd received a BA (1984) in South Asian Studies, minoring in Religious Studies, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA), and an MA (1991) in Development Anthropology from Syracuse University (New York, USA) on indigenous resistance to large-scale development projects in India and Northern Québec. Since 1980, he has spent over a decade living, studying and researching in South Asia, working in the fields of religious studies, anthropology, language teaching (Hindi and Urdu), cross-cultural education, conservation and development. He has lived and worked in the United States, India, Pakistan and Nepal, and since December 1995, has lived and worked in New Zealand, first as Academic Director for a US-based undergraduate study-abroad programme in both indigenous studies and environmental conservation, and more recently as a lecturer.
In addition to his role as Centre Coordinator for the Religious Diversity Centre, Todd is currently a part-time Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in the Studies in Religion programme at the University of Waikato, the Secretary of the Waikato Interfaith Council (WIFCO), and a member of the Executive Committee of the Waikato Jewish Association.