Justin Michael James Dell comes to the field of global governance with a background in history. His previous graduate research at the Universities of Guelph and Toronto centered on American intellectual and religious history and its impact on the modern Middle East. Distilled from that research are two book chapters published by Inter-Disciplinary Press that examine the role millenarian religious ideology played in spurring American mission work in the Ottoman Empire in the early nineteenth century, an undertaking which had profound effects on the Arab Nahda and the rise of Zionism. His research demonstrates the powerful agency of ideas in historical processes. Moreover, it provides an early example of the key role played by non-state actors – in this case, mission boards – in fomenting sweeping transnational developments.
Taking this interest in the agency of ideas to the field of global governance, Dell is examining how Western intellectual developments could pose a challenge or act as an asset to governing globally in the 21st century.