Professor and Coordinator of Political and International Studies


Paul Rowe is Professor and Coordinator of Political and International Studies at Trinity Western University.  He teaches in the areas of international and developing world politics, with regional specialties in the Middle East and South Asia, and a special interest in religion and global politics.  Rowe completed his undergraduate study at the University of Toronto where he studied International Relations and the history and literatures of the ancient Near East. He later completed a Master of Arts in Political Science at Dalhousie University, writing primarily on the political economy and related security issues of the Middle East. He finished a PhD at McGill University in 2003, where his dissertation focused upon the politics of Christian minority communities in Middle Eastern states. He is the author of Religion and Global Politics (Oxford University Press Canada, 2012) and co-editor of Christians and the Middle East Conflict (Routledge UK, 2014), among other books and articles.  He is currently editing The Routledge Handbook of Minorities in the Middle East.  He has traveled extensively in the Middle East and South Asia and maintains an active research interest in the politics of religion at the global level.

Research & Scholarship


B.A. International Relations and Near Eastern Studies (University of Toronto); M.A. Political Science (Dalhousie University); Ph.D. Political Science (McGill University)

Awards & Honors

  • TWU Faculty Research Grant (2014)
  • SSHRC Institutional Grant (2005, 2006, 2012 & 2014)
  • SSHRC doctoral fellowship (1999-2001)

Recent Publications

  • "The Middle East:  Christians in the Middle East", in Joseph R. Rudolph, ed., Encyclopedia of Modern Ethnic Conflicts, 2nd edition, Santa Barbara:  ABC-CLIO, 2016, 457-476.
  • "Religious Movements and Religion's Contribution to Global Civil Society", in Luke M. Harrington, Alasdair Mckay, and Jeffrey Haynes, eds., Nations under God:  the geopolitics of faith in the twenty-first century, Bristol: E-IR, 2015, 211-218.  Available online
  • John Dyck, Paul Rowe, and Jens Zimmermann, eds., Whose Will be Done?  Essays on Sovereignty and Religion, Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2015.
  • "Church-State Relations in the 'New Egypt'", in Autumn Quezada-Grant and Sargon Donabed, eds., Decentering Discussions on Religion and state: emerging narratives, challenging perspectives, Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2015, 213-229.
  • Paul Rowe, John Dyck, and Jens Zimmermann, eds., Christians and the Middle East Conflict, London:  Routledge, 2014.
  • "Democracy and Disillusionment:  Copts and the Arab Spring", Sociology of Islam 2, no. 3-4 (2014), 236-251.
  • "Christian-Muslim Relations in Egypt in the Wake of the Arab Spring", Digest of Middle East Studies, 22, no.2 (Fall 2013), 262-275.
  • Religion and Global Politics (Toronto:  Oxford University Press Canada, 2012)
  • "Can We Co-exist? Relgion, 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, 2011, 309-331.
  • "The Middle Eastern Christian as Agent", International Journal of Middle East Studies 42, no. 3 (August 2010), 472-4.
  • John Dyck, Paul Rowe and Jens Zimmermann, Politics and the Religious Imagination, London: Routledge,  2010.

Affiliations & Memberships


Middle Eastern Politics, Religion and Politics, Developing World Politics, International Politics, and Christian Minorities in the Middle East.