Dr Todd Nachowitz

Todd Nachowitz

Teaching Fellow, Research Associate

Qualifications: BA (South Asian Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison); MA (Anthropology, Syracuse University); PhD (Political Science & Public Policy, University of Waikato)

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About Todd

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 part-time Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in the Studies in Religion programme at the University of Waikato. From 2017-2019 Todd served as the Centre Coordinator for the Religious Diversity Centre in Auckland and at the University of Waikato. Since February 2019 Todd has been the Executive Director of EarthDiverse, an organisation devoted to diversity education and training, with a focus on religious and cultural diversity, language teaching, and biodiversity and natural history education.

Papers Taught

Research Interests

Religion: comparative religion, religion in South Asia, interfaith relations, contemporary practice, esoteric traditions, mysticism, fundamentalism and extremism, new religious movements, religion in diaspora, indigenous religion;

Anthropology: anthropology of religion, development anthropology, peoples and cultures of South Asia;

South Asian Studies: religion, anthropology, languages (Hindi & Urdu), history, politics;

Diversity Governance: diversity and multicultural policy, public policy, the history and development of multiculturalism;

Demography and Population Studies: South Asian diaspora, migration, immigration;

Development Studies: sustainable development, social impact assessment;

Ethnomusicology: Indian classical music.


Anthropology; Migration; Population Studies; Religion

South Asian Studies,
Diversity and Multicultural Policy,
Hindi and Urdu Languges

Contact Details

Room: Lady Goodfellow Chapel