Judd Birdsall is a former U.S. diplomat and a current Ph.D. candidate at Cambridge University. From 2007 to 2011 he served at the U.S. State Department's Office of International Religious Freedom and on the Secretary of State's Policy Planning Staff. He was founding chairman of the Department's Forum on Religion & Global Affairs. Birdsall is also an editorial fellow with The Review of Faith & International Affairs. He earned a B.A. in Political Science and an M.A. in American Religious History at Wheaton College.