Born in Belgium in 1946, but resident of Canada since 1969.
Studies and degrees: Licenciate History, State University of Ghent, Belgium, 1969; PhD History, York University, 1976; MA Political Science, University of Toronto, 1984; PhD Political Science, University of Toronto, 1995. Lectured at various Ontario universities, including U of T, Waterloo, Guelph.
Author of numerous articles and books.
Also active as tour operator and guide on behalf of family business, Pauwels Travel Bureau of Brantford, Ontario.
Married to Danielle Van Laere, father of David and Natalie, born respectively in 1971 and 1974 and both UofT graduates.
- 1995PhD, Political Science, University of Toronto (Thesis on Canadian Foreign Investment Policy supervisor: C. Tuohy.)
- 1984MA, Political Science, University of Toronto
- 1976PhD, History, York University, Toronto (Dissertation on Women University Students in Nazi Germany; supervisor: M. Kater)
- 1969Licenciaat Letteren en Wijsbegeerte, afdeling Geschiedenis, Rijksuniversiteit Gent (Thesis over Werkstakingen in België, 1830-1880; supervisor: J. Dhondt.)