Curriculum Vitae - Paul S. Rowe

Research Interests:

Paul Rowe India 2009

Religion and Global Politics, Middle Eastern Politics, Christian Groups in the Middle East and Developing World.
Dr. Rowe also blogs on Politics, Religion, and Religion and Politics.


Ph.D. Political Science, 2003
McGill University
Dissertation: Ancient Crosses and Tower-Keeps - the Politics of Christian Minorities in the Middle East
Supervisor: Dr. Rex Brynen

M.A. Political Science, 1997
Dalhousie University
Thesis: Heeding the Falcon - a New Look at Pivotal Regionalisms in the Middle East
Supervisor: Dr. Timothy M. Shaw

B.A. International Relations/Near Eastern Studies, 1995
University of Toronto

Professional Experience

Associate Professor, 2008-present
Assistant Professor, 2005-2008
Department of Political and International Studies
Chair, Departments of History, Geography and Political and International Studies, 2010-present
Coordinator of Political and International Studies 2006-present
Trinity Western University

Adjunct Professor and Lecturer, 2001-2005
Department of Political Science
University of Western Ontario

Adjunct Professor, 2004
Department of Political Studies
Queen's University

Professional Memberships:
Middle East Studies Association North America (MESA)
Canadian Association for the Study of International Development (CASID)
Canadian Political Science Association (CPSA)
British Columbia Political Science Association (BCPSA)

Language Proficiency:
Native English Speaker
French (spoken/written)
Arabic (some spoken)
Hebrew (some written)

Publications and Research

Co-Edited Book:

John Dyck, Paul Rowe, and Jens Zimmermann, eds., Politics and the Religious Imagination, London: Routledge, 2010.

Peer-Reviewed Articles:

"The Middle Eastern Christian as Agent", International Journal of Middle East Studies 42, no.3 (August 2010), 472-4.

"Render Unto Caesar... What? Reflections on the Work of William Cavanaugh", Review of Politics 71, no. 4 (September 2009), 583-605.

"Building Coptic Civil Society: Christian Groups and the State in Mubarak's Egypt", Middle Eastern Studies 45, no.1 (January 2009), 111-126.

"Neo-Millet Systems and Transnational Religious Movements: the Humayun Decrees and Church Construction in Egypt", Journal of Church and State, 49, no.2, Spring 2007, 329-350.

"Sir Wilfred Thomason Grenfell, 1865-1940: A Pioneer of Frontier Medicine in Canada", University of Toronto Medical Journal 82, no.2, March 2005, 143-144.

"Four Guys and a Fax Machine? Diasporas, New Information Technologies, and the Internationalization of Religion in Egypt", in Journal of Church and State, 43, no.1, Winter 2001, 81-92.

Chapters in Books:

"Can We Co-exist? Religion, Civil Society, and Global Order", in Mojtaba Mahdavi and W. Andy Knight, eds., Towards the 'Dignity of Difference'? Neither 'End of History' nor 'Clash of Civilizations', London: Ashgate, 2012, 309-331. link to webpage

"Crosscutting Narratives: Diaspora and Indigenous Movements among Coptic Christians in Egypt", in John Dyck, Paul Rowe, and Jens Zimmermann, eds., Politics and the Religious Imagination, London: Routledge, 2010, 178-189.

"Staking Out Sacred Space: Muslims in Canadian Politics", in John Young and Boris de Wiel, eds., Faith in Democracy, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars' Press, 2009, 88-113.

"The Sheep and the Goats? Christian Groups in Egypt and Lebanon in Comparative Perspective", in Maya Shatzmiller, ed. Nationalism and Minority Identities in Muslim Societies, Montreal: McGill-Queen's UP, 2005, 85-107.


“The Zabbaleen in Film”, Review of Middle East Studies 46, no.1 (Summer 2012), 86-88.

David S. Sorenson, Global Security Watch: Lebanon, in Middle East Journal 65, no.1 (Winter 2011), 154-155.

Rachel Scott, The Challenge of Political Islam: non-Muslims and the Egyptian state, in Middle East Journal 64, no.4 (Fall 2010), 654-655.

Jonathan Chaplin with Robert Joustra, eds., God and Global Order: the Power of Religion in American Foreign Policy, in Policy in Public Fall 2010, 67-76. link to article

Michael Burleigh, Sacred Causes: the clash of religion and politics from the Great War to the war on terror, in St. Antony's International Review 3, no. 2 (January 2008), 112-113.


Religion and Global Politics, Toronto: Oxford University Press Canada, 2012. Link to webpage.

Mark Charlton and Paul Rowe, eds., Crosscurrents: International Development, Toronto: Nelson, 2007.


"Mr Harper and Our Religious Selves" 10 August 2012. Link to article.

"US Policy in Syria", Capital Commentary 8 July 2011. Link to article.

"Civil Society in a New Egypt", Comment 18 February 2011. Link to article.

"The Prospects for Egypt", Capital Commentary 18 February 2011. Link to article.


Contributor, International Encyclopedia of Political Science (CQ Press, 2010)
Contributor, Encyclopedia of the Developing World (Routledge, 2005).
Contributor, Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa, second edition (Macmillan, 2004).

Recent Public Lectures and Research Presentations:

"What Shelter in the Storm? Middle Eastern Christians Seeking Peace amid Turmoil", Presentation at Orthodox Peace Fellowship International Conference, Abbotsford BC, 2 June 2012.

"Christian Life and Witness in the Middle East", Public Seminar Presentation at Calcutta Bible College, Kolkata, West Bengal, and Trivandrum Bible College, Trivandrum, Kerala, India 13-30 January 2012.

"Rumours Greatly Exaggerated? Civil Society and Arab Christian Revivalism", Middle East Studies Association General Meeting, San Diego, California,21 November 2011.

Participation on Roundtable, "Beyond All Hope? Thinking about the Future of Middle Eastern Politics", British Columbia Political Science Association General Meeting, Victoria BC, 7 May 2010.

"Coexist: religion, civil society, and global order", Towards a "Dignity of Difference" Conference, Edmonton, AB, 3 October 2009.

With Matthew A. Kerr, "A Preacher Stealing Hearts at a Traveling Show: Bono and North American Evangelicals", U2: the Hype and the Feedback, Durham NC, 3 October 2009.

"Send my Regards to Jerusalem: Christian Worldviews and the Middle East Conflict", International Institute for Christian Studies Vision Conference, 16 July 2009.

"Postponing Armageddon: Religion and Peace in the Middle East", Canadian Political Science Association Conference, 29 May 2009.

"Challenging a Dominant Narrative: Indigenous Christian Responses to the Arab-Israeli Conflict", Western Political Science Association General Meeting, 19 March 2009.

"Religion and Conflict", Religion in Canada Institute Workshop, 9 February 2008.

"Crosses on the Nile: Building Coptic Civil Society in Mubarak's Egypt", Middle East Studies Association General Meeting, 19 November 2007.

"Caught in the Crossfire: Christians in the Middle East", Public Lecture, Laurentian Leadership Centre, 22 March 2007.