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Dr. Nicholas Rowe

Kenneth and Jean Hansen Associate Professor of Leadership

Biography:

Nicholas Rowe comes to Gordon-Conwell with nearly thirty years of higher education experience in faculty and senior administrative roles. Most recently, he was Associate Vice President for Student and Global Engagement at Gordon College. He spent the previous ten years on the faculty of St Augustine College of South Africa in Johannesburg, culminating in the role of Academic Dean and Interim President.

His teaching and research interests investigate how communities use the past to form collective identities and how this fuels intergroup conflict. He spent more than twenty years consulting about cross-racial and cross-ethnic reconciliation and conflict resolution. He also provided pastoral counseling and spiritual direction for reconciling communities in the USA and South Africa.

His international experiences in higher education have convinced him that this is a strategic point in world history and that communities worldwide require leaders who are lively in imagination, protective of the dignity of persons, relentless in pursuit of the common good, and attentive in spirit.

Dr. Rowe and his wife, writer Sheila Wise Rowe, live in Boston and are grateful parents to Jonathan (and his wife Elisa) and Alexia.

Degrees

  • PhD in History (Boston College, 1997)
  • BS in Mechanical Engineering (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1985)

Featured Publications

Nicholas Rowe (2022). “For You Were Slaves in Egypt: History, Identity, and Peacemaking.” Haymanot Journal 2, 46-57.

Nicholas Rowe (2019). “Worshipping While Black: A Peace Studies Analysis of Black Church Origins and The Implications for Gospel Theology.” In Gospel Haymanot, Vince Bantu, ed. Calumet City, IL: UMI.

Nicholas Rowe and Safwat Marzouk (2014). “Christian Disciplines and God’s Shalom in the Postcolonial Community.” In Evangelical Postcolonial Conversations: Global Awakenings in Theology and Praxis, Katherine Smith and Daniel Hawk, eds. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic.

Nicholas Rowe and Ray Aldred (2014). “Healthy Leadership and Power Differences in the Postcolonial Community: A Reflection.” In Evangelical Postcolonial Conversations: Global Awakenings in Theology and Praxis, Katherine Smith and Daniel Hawk, eds. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic.

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