Dr. Andrew M. Wender

University of Victoria @ Associate Professor, Religion, Culture & Society Program, UVIC

I am an Associate Teaching Professor in the Departments of History and Political Science, and Director of the Religion, Culture and Society Program; I have taught at UVic since 2001.  I hold an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. (2006) from the University of Victoria, which I completed while a Fellow at UVic’s Centre for Studies in Religion and Society (CSRS); my Ph.D. investigated how modern, secular law’s tendency to transform all of reality into property in fact manifests the law’s powerful religious foundation.  Prior to my Ph.D., I earned a B.A. (Honors) in History from Western Washington University, as well as a J.D. from the Seattle University School of Law, and became a member of the Washington State Bar.

My teaching – for which I received the 2011 Gilian Sherwin Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching – and research focus on the history and politics of the Middle East, especially religious dimensions; critical approaches to thinking about politics and religion within global as well as Middle East settings; and political thought, especially within comparative contexts. Other key emerging interests include historical and modern trajectories of messianic salvation, particularly in relation to empire; comparative world revolutions; and the application of quantum theory and cosmology to the social sciences and humanities. I have published in such journals as PS: Political Science & Politics, Telos, World History Bulletin, Sociology of Islam, Digest of Middle East Studies, Implicit Religion, and World History Connected.