Paul Rowe is a native of London, Ontario. 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 has spent extended time in the Middle East and continues to study the politics of religious groups in developing countries and at the global level. He is willing to comment on a variety of issues in international politics, the developing world, the Middle East, and the politics of religion.

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 (2018)
  • TWU Faculty Research Grant (2014)
  • SSHRC Institutional Grant (2005, 2006, 2012 & 2014)
  • SSHRC doctoral fellowship (1999-2001)

Recent Publications

  • “The Open Sanctuary:  Palestinian Christian Civil Society Organizations and the Survival of the Christian Minority in Israel-Palestine”, Journal of Church and State 59, no.3 (2017), 428-446.
  • "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)

Affiliations & Memberships

  • Middle East Studies Association
  • Canadian Political Science Association
  • Research Fellow-Interuniversity Consortium for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies (McGill)
  • Research Fellow, Religion, Culture, and Conflict Research Group


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