Pieter Friedrich is a freelance journalist specializing in analysis of current and historical affairs in South Asia, with a particular focus on the issue of Hindu nationalism. He engages with issues such as human rights, supremacist political ideologies, ethnonationalism, politicization of religion, authoritarian government structures and policies, state-sponsored atrocities, and the need to unify around doctrines of liberty. Above all, he’s interested in replacing politics of hate with politics of reconciliation.
His articles have been published in American Kahani, AntiWar.com, Caravan, India West, The Indian Panorama, The Quint, The Wire, and elsewhere. His work has been featured in Deutsche Welle, Himal Southasian, The Hindu, The Hindustan Times, India Abroad, The Intercept, News18, NewsClick, ThePrint, Scroll, The Siasat Daily, The Telegraph, The Texas Observer, and elsewhere. His writings have been translated into French, Hindi, Kannada, Punjabi, Spanish, Tamil, Telugu, and more.
He has spoken alongside and/or been cited by parliamentarians from Australia, Germany, and the UK. He has also lectured at various universities, including Carleton University, Columbia University, James Madison University, Stanford University, St. Stephens College, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Los Angeles, and University of Central Florida. A staunch advocate for religious liberty and interfaith cooperation, he has spoken at mosques, gurdwaras, churches, and viharas throughout North America.
Pieter is also the founder of the Center for Liberty and Peace in South Asia (CLPSA). He additionally serves as Director of Interfaith Cooperation for Religious Freedom with the Anglican Diocese of the Emmaus Way, Anglican Free Communion International.
Born and raised in California, he has traveled extensively and lived at length in Europe and Asia. He enjoys reading, hiking, museums, and spending time with family.
To contact him with requests for interviews or speaking engagements, please email pieterjfriedrich [at] gmail [dot] com.