Felix Pal is currently a PhD candidate at the Department of Politics and Social Change at the ANU. In 2015 he completed a Bachelor of Arts (Islamic Studies) at the University of Melbourne and in 2016 a Bachelor of Asia-Pacific Studies (Honours) (Hindi) at the ANU. Broadly his academic focus centres on how South Asian Muslim communities negotiate Hindu nationalism in contemporary India but he is also interested in the politics of language in South Asia, ethnography, postcolonial theory and social justice in academic writing.
His PhD research investigates why Indian Muslims join the Muslim Rashtriya Manch (Muslim National Forum), which is an explicitly Hindu nationalist activist organisation. This project is designed to contribute to a move beyond the violence/syncretism binary most often used to describe Hindu-Muslim communal relations and also to expand a body of work on the political identities of Indian Muslims.