Josiah Ponnudurai is an M.A. candidate in Political Science at Columbia University. His general focus is in international relations and comparative politics. He is interested in investigating the role of religion in politics, especially how local and transnational religious actors can influence processes of conflict resolution, peace building, and democratization.
Mr. Ponnudurai is a proud graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where he received his honors degree cum laude in Political Science and Theology, with a minor in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. He has served as a research assistant for the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at Notre Dame and has received grants to conduct fieldwork in his home country of Malaysia, where he studied political activism across Christian denominations. He has also interned for the Religious Freedom Institute in Washington, DC.