Paul Stanley Rowe, Ph.D.

Professor; Coordinator of Political and International Studies
“All of us – students, professors, and our friends and neighbours – are global citizens. It is vital to learn about foreign states and cultures so that we can exercise our Christian calling to the world. Trinity Western University is a global Christian university where the classroom serves as the doorway to the world.“

Paul S. Rowe is Professor of Political and International Studies and coordinates the degree programs in Political Studies and International Studies.  He is also Director of the Religion in Canada Institute and a senior research fellow with the International Institute for Religious Freedom – Vancouver.  He teaches in the fields of international politics, the developing world, the Middle East and South Asia.  His primary research interest focuses on religious minorities and politics in the Middle East and South Asia.  He also pursues an interest in religion and global politics, focused on religious pluralism and religious freedom.  A Canadian citizen, Dr. Rowe studied at the University of Toronto and Dalhousie University before he earned his PhD in Political Science at McGill University.  He has spent extended time living and traveling in the Middle East and India. Dr. Rowe is the author of Religion and Global Politics (Oxford University Press) and the editor of The Routledge Handbook of Minorities in the Middle East (Routledge), among other works.  He is married and the father of two young children.

  • B.A. University of Toronto
  • M.A. Dalhousie University
  • Ph.D., McGill University


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

Currently conducting research into Christians, pluralism, and religious freedom in the Middle East and South Asia; religious freedom worldwide, religion and global politics.  See selected publications below.

Recent Publications

Paul S. Rowe, ed., The Routledge Handbook of Minorities in the Middle East, London:  Routledge, 2019.

Paul S. Rowe, “The Church and the Street: Copts and Interest Representation from Mubarak to Sisi”, Religion, State, and Society 48, no.5 (2020), 343-360.

Paul S. Rowe, “The Global – and Globalist – Roots of Evangelical Action”, Review of Faith and International Affairs 17, no.3 (2019), 36-49.

Paul S Rowe, “The Burned Church: Christians and Pluralism in India”, in Rebecca Samuel Shah and Joel Carpenter, eds., Christianity in India: conversion, community development, and religious freedom, Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2018, 256-280.

Paul S. Rowe, “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.

Affiliations & Memberships

Middle East Studies Association

  • POLS 211 International Politics
  • POLS 308 Political Economy of Developing Nations
  • POLS 314 International Political Economy
  • POLS 421 The Contemporary Middle East
  • POLS 422 Contemporary South Asia
  • SOCS 305 Research Methods in the Social Sciences