Rahul Mediratta is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science at Northwestern University. He expects to defend his doctoral dissertation in Spring 2016. He also serves as a Research Mentor to undergraduates enrolled in the International Studies Program at Northwestern, and is a graduate affiliate with the Buffett Institute for Global Studies. Starting in Summer 2016 he is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, at Brown University.
Prior to his PhD candidacy, he earned an MA at Northwestern, an MSc as a Commonwealth Scholar at Oxford University, and a BHS at York University (Canada). He previously served as a Senior Policy Advisor in Canada on a high-profile cross-government strategy, for which he earned prestigious public service accolades.
He has conducted research for extensive periods in Canada, the US, England, India, and Taiwan. He has traveled through much of South Asia and Western Europe, and parts of the Middle East and East Asia. In Hindi he is verbally fluent and his reading and writing are elementary. In Punjabi and Urdu his verbal skills are elementary. He is a citizen of Canada, an overseas citizen of India, and an international student in the US. He is originally from Toronto.