Principal Deputy Director of the Policy Planning Staff, State Department
Siddharth Mohandas is an immigrant from India
Fellowship awarded to support work towards a PhD in Political Science at Harvard University
SIDDHARTH MOHANDAS is principal Deputy Director of the Policy Planning Staff. Prior to coming to the staff, he served at the Department of Defense as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. Previously, he worked at the Brookings Institution as a research fellow in foreign policy, in Washington, DC.
Born in Bombay, India, Siddharth became a naturalized citizen at the age of 13, but spent most of his life in Singapore where his family still lives.
Siddharth completed a Ph.D. in political science at Harvard University. He received his BA, summa cum laude, in government from Harvard University and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa as a junior. He also completed an MPhil in international relations from Cambridge University.
As an undergraduate, Siddharth edited the Harvard Asia Pacific Review and interned as a speechwriter for UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Prior to entering graduate school, he served as an associate editor of Foreign Affairs. He has also written for various publications including Newsweek and The Christian Science Monitor and worked at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC. He was also a fellow at the Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at Harvard University.