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Sam Rowan, DPhil

Assistant Professor, Political Science

Sam Rowan, DPhil
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 7534
Website(s): Sam Rowan's website

Sam Rowan joined the Department of Political Science at Concordia University in fall 2020 as an assistant professor. Dr. Rowan's research focuses on global environmental politics and international cooperation, particularly institutionalized cooperation to address climate change. He completed the D.Phil. (doctorate) in International Relations at the University of Oxford. He previously completed an M.Phil. in International Relations at the University of Oxford and a B.A. (Honours) in Political Science at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. He was a postdoctoral researcher in international climate policy in the Climate Econometrics program at Nuffield College, University of Oxford in 2019/2020.


DPhil, University of Oxford (2019)

MPhil, University of Oxford (2015)

BA, University of British Columbia, Vancouver (2013)

Teaching activities

POLI 312                Special Topics in International Politics: Climate Politics

POLI 486                Advanced Seminar in International Relations: International Climate Politics

POLI 644                Quantitative Research Methods

POLI 687/812         Advanced Seminar in International Relations: Global Environmental Politics


International Relations, climate change, global environmental politics, international organizations, international cooperation.


Rowan, Sam S. (2024). "Effective climate clubs require ambition, leverage and insulation: Theorizing issue linkage in climate change and trade." The Review of International Organizations. doi: 10.1007/s11558-024-09535-6

Barrie, Christopher, Thomas Fleming and Sam S. Rowan. (2024). "Does protest influence political speech? Evidence from UK climate protest, 2017–2019." British Journal of Political Science. doi: 10.1017/S0007123423000376

Rowan, Sam S. (2023). "Extreme weather and climate policy". Environmental Politics. doi: 10.1080/09644016.2022.2127478

Roger, Charles B. and Rowan, Sam S. (2023). "The new terrain of global governance: Mapping membership in informal international organizations". Journal of Conflict Resolution. doi: 10.1177/00220027221139431

Roger, Charles B. and Rowan, Sam S. (2022). "Analyzing international organizations: How the concepts we use affect the answers we get". The Review of International Organizations. doi: 10.1007/s11558-021-09432-2

Rowan, Sam S. (2021). "Does institutional proliferation undermine cooperation? Theory and evidence from climate change". International Studies Quarterly. doi: 10.1093/isq/sqaa092/6105772

Rowan, Sam S. (2019). "Pitfalls in comparing Paris pledges." Climatic Change. doi: 10.1007/s10584-019-02494-7


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