Dr. Andrew Wender

Dr. Andrew Wender
Assistant Teaching Professor
Political Science

PhD 2006 (UVic)

Office: DTB A306

Fall term 2020 office hours on Zoom Tuesdays 12-2 pm or by appointment

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Dr. Wender holds an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. (2006) from the University of Victoria, which he completed while a Fellow at UVic’s Centre for Studies in Religion and Society (CSRS); his doctoral dissertation investigated how modern secular law’s tendency to transform all of reality into property manifests, in fact, the law’s powerful religious foundation. Prior to undertaking his Ph.D., he earned a J.D. from the Seattle University School of Law, and became a member of the Washington State Bar.

His teaching—for which he received the 2011 Gilian Sherwin Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching—and writing focus on the historical and contemporary interconnections between politics and religion, the politics and history of the Middle East, political theory, and world politics and history. 

He has published in such journals as Digest of Middle East Studies, Implicit Religion and Capitalism, Nature, Socialism

He frequently serves as a speaker and media commentator on Middle East affairs and other global issues, including numerous panels at UVic on which he has discussed the significance of recent political transformations within the Middle East; lectures for UVic’s Division of Continuing Studies and elsewhere within the UVic and Victoria communities; and contributions in such venues as The Globe and Mail, CBC, CFAX, and CKNW Radio, and A-Channel and CHEK TV.

  • Politics, society, and religion in the Middle East and worldwide
  • Political theory, religion, and philosophy, including comparative political theory and comparative religion

Dr. Wender teaches courses on political theory, politics and religion and Middle Eastern politics.

Teaching 2020-21

Fall 2020:

Spring 2021:

Courses taught:
  • POLI 103: Worlds of Politics
  • POLI 202: An Introduction to Political Theory
  • POLI 300A: Ancient and Medieval Political Thought
  • POLI 300B: Early Modern Political Thought
  • POLI 300C: Post-Enlightenment Political Thought
  • POLI 319: Issues in Comparative Politics: "Obama or McCain?: American Presidential Politics, Canada and the World" (Fall 2008)
  • POLI 340: International Studies
  • POLI 382: Politics and Religion
  • POLI 384: Comparative Political Thought
  • POLI 433: Seminar in Middle Eastern Politics
  • "The Contending Logics of Interventionism Pervading Today’s Middle East: a Telling Sign of Foreign Policy Conundrums in the Late-Modern Age."  pp. 15-35 in Mohammed M. Aman and Mary Jo Aman, eds., The Middle East: New Order or Disorder? (Washington, DC: Policy Studies Organization/ Westphalia Press, 2016)
  • "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.
  • "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.