Michael Petrou is an Adjunct Research Professor in the Department of History at Carleton University. He holds a PhD in Modern History from Saint Antony’s College at the University of Oxford. Petrou also holds and MA in Atlantic Canada Studies from Saint Mary’s University. As a historian, his research has focused on modern Canadian, European, and Middle Eastern history. Since 2018, Petrou has also been a Fellow in Residence at Carleton University in the department of Global and International Studies. Between 2017 and 2020, he has also been a Sessional Lecturer at Carleton University and the University of Ottawa.
As a journalist, Petrou has also reported from across the Middle East, Central Asia, Africa, and Europe. Between 2017-2018, he was a Martin Wise Goodman Canadian Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. Petrou was one of 24 journalism fellows from around the world that tackled issues in journalism and how it might be improved. Prior to that, between 2006-2016, Petrou was a Senior Writer and Foreign Correspondent for Maclean’s Magazine. He covered Canadian foreign and defence policy. For his work, he won three National Magazine Awards.
Research Interests: Canadian History, European History, Middle Eastern History, and Human Rights