Areas of primary research include the religion and politics of Mohandas Gandhi, Reinhold Nieburhr, Martin Luther King Jr. and Abdul Ghaffar Khan
Published Gandhi and Bin Laden: Religion at the Extremes (University Press of America, September, 2009)
Published in journals including Theology Today and the Journal of Conflict Studies
Active participant in the American Academy of Religion
Professor Rowell holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of Pittsburgh, an M.S. in Political Science from the University of New Hampshire Massachusetts, and two Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Massachusetts: one in Political Science and one in Anthropology. Dr. Rowell's interest span religion and politics, and teaches such courses as: Gandhi and Bin Laden, God Ape & Man, Smith Marx and God, Islam and Politics, Hinduism and India, and Star Wars Tolkien and Religion.