Dr. Andrew Wender

Dr. Andrew Wender
Position
Assistant Teaching Professor
History and Political Science
Credentials

BA (Western Washington), JD (Seattle), PhD (UVic)

Contact
Office: Cle B206

Office hours

Mondays 4:00 - 5:00, Fridays 11:45 - 12:45 or by appointment.

Area

Modern world history; history and politics of the Middle East, with special interest in religious questions, and Israel/Palestine and Iran; history of world religions, and their interconnections with politics, culture, and society.

Bio

I am an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Departments of History and Political Science, and Religious Studies Program, and 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 writing focus on the history and politics of the Middle East; the historical interconnections among politics and religion; world history and politics; and political theory.  I have published in such journals as Digest of Middle East Studies, Implicit Religion, and Capitalism, Nature, Socialism.  I frequently serve as a speaker and media commentator on Middle East affairs and related global issues, including numerous lectures for UVic's Division of Continuing Studies, and elsewhere within the UVic and Victoria communities, as well as appearances in venues like The Globe and Mail, CBC, CFAX, and CKNW Radio, and A-Channel and CHEK TV.

Selected publications

  • “Looking Beyond the Westphalian Nation-State: Challenging the Modernist Vision of History with Alternative Political Orders and Worldviews”, Telosscope (Weblog of Telos Press and the journal Telos), April 3, 2015 [internet accessible at http://www.telospress.com/looking-beyond-the-westphalian-nation-state/].

  • Review of Confronting Political Islam: Six Lessons from the West’s Past, by John M. Owen, IV.  Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2015; for Middle East Media and Book Reviews Online, Vol. 3, Issue 3 (2015).

  • “Beyond Resurgent ‘Islamists’ and Enlightened ‘Secularists’: Critiquing Caricatures of Religion in the Arab Uprisings”, Sociology of Islam special issue on ‘Contemporary Social Movements in the Middle East and Beyond’, Vol. 2 (2014), pp. 268-282.

  • Review of One Land, Two States: Israel and Palestine as Parallel States, edited by Mark LeVine and Mathias Mossberg.  Berkeley, CA and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2014; for Middle East Media and Book Reviews Online, Vol. 2, Issue 11 (November 2014).
    Review of Deconstructing Zionism: A Critique of Political Metaphysics, edited by Gianni Vattimo and Michael Marder. New York: Bloomsbury, 2014; for Middle East Media and Book Reviews Online, Vol. 2, Issue 5 (May 2014).
  • “Re-approaching – Not Merely Reproaching – Religious Sectarianism within a Tumultuous Middle East.” Pp. 195-207 in Mohammed M. Aman and Mary Jo Aman, eds., Middle East Conflicts & Reforms (Washington, DC: Policy Studies Organization/Westphalia Press, 2014).
  • “Learning Through Upheaval: Strategies for Analyzing and Construing Emerging Socio-Political Transformations in the Middle East”, Digest of Middle East Studies (DOMES), Vol. 21, No. 2 (2012), pp. 300-312.
  • “Transcending Nationalist Divides: Religious Reconciliation As the Basis for a One-State Solution in Israel/Palestine”, Digest of Middle East Studies (DOMES), Vol. 20, No. 2 (2011), pp. 271-286.
  • “Helping Students See What Ordinarily Remains Hidden: How Implicit Religion Can Enrich Teaching”, Implicit Religion: Journal of the Centre for the Study of Implicit Religion and Contemporary Spirituality (CSIRCS), Vol. 12, No. 3 (2009), pp. 281-294.
  • “Environmental Harms and Capitalist Regulation”, a Book Review of Richard J. Lazarus, The Making of Environmental Law, in Capitalism, Nature, Socialism, vol. 19, no. 2 (June 2008), pp. 130-132.
  • “State Power as a Vehicle for the Expression and Propagation of Implicit Religion: The Case Study of the ‘War on Terrorism’”, Implicit Religion: Journal of the Centre for the Study of Implicit Religion and Contemporary Spirituality (CSIRCS), Vol. 10, No. 3 (2007), pp. 244-261.
  • “The Risky Enterprise of Science and Scientific Communication”, internet accessible here. March 2007.
  • “Neoliberalism, Property and the Public Domain”, The Forum on Privatization and the Public Domain, May 2006, internet accessible at forumonpublicdomain.ca.
  • The Juridical Prism: Modernity’s Transmutation of the Religious, As Refracted Through Secularist Law (Victoria, BC: Univ. of Victoria, 2006). Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Victoria, defended February 2006.
  • (With Nancy Newlove) “Introduction”, Illumine: The Journal of the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society Graduate Student Association, Vol. 1, No. 1 (2001-02), pp. 1-2 (peer-reviewed). (I was one of the founding editors of this journal).
  • “Introduction” and “The Advent and Rise of Immanentistic Law: Juridical Signs of Modernity’s Transmutation of the Religious.” In Centre for Studies in Religion and Society Graduate Student Publication 1999-2000: On the Omnipresence of the Religious. Edited by Sonia Furstenau and Andrew Wender (Victoria, BC: Centre for Studies in Religion and Society, 2000).
  • “On the Presence of the Absolute: Anterior to Being or Confined to Being?” In Centre for Studies in Religion and Society Graduate Student Publication 1998-1999: Omnium Expetendorum Prima est Sapientia. Edited by Shauna LaTosky, et al. (Victoria, BC: Centre for Studies in Religion and Society, 1999).
  • The Struggle for Spiritual Supremacy: Dostoevsky’s Philosophy of History and Eschatology. (Bellingham, WA: Western Washington University, 1998). Honors Thesis, Western Washington University, defended June 1994.

Courses

HSTR 112 World History, 1900 - present
HSTR 277A History of the Middle East, 1789 - WWII
HSTR 277B History of teh Middle East since WWII
HSTR 377 1914/2014: The World War I Centennial and the Making of the Contemporary Middle East
HSTR 378 Israeli - Palestinian Conflict
HSTR 479 Religion and State in the Modern Middle East