Andrew Colin Gow is a Canadian historian of medieval and early modern Europe and a noted scholar of early modern witchcraft. He completed his Ph.D. with the Reformation scholar Heiko Oberman. He was previously the Editor-in-Chief of Brill Publishers' series Studies in Medieval and Reformation Traditions but was replaced by Christopher Ocker in June 2020.
Gow's early work focused on the Red Jews and the German tales of the apocalyptic threat they supposedly presented. His first book The Red Jews: Antisemitism in an Apocalyptic Age, 1200-1600 was published in 1995 by Brill. His later published work focused on early modern witchcraft. Gow co-wrote Male witches in early modern Europe with Lara Apps. This book critiques historians' assumptions about gender in early modern witch hunts.
Gow and his research team have been studying and translating an early modern treatise on witch hunting by Johannes Tinctor, Invectives Against the Sect of Waldensians. This book discusses the origin of many of our contemporary ideas about witchcraft, including flying on brooms and casting spells. This project was featured in an episode of CBC Radio's Ideas (radio show). Newspaper articles were written on this project including in the Toronto Star and the Edmonton Journal. Gow and his co-researchers have translated and edited a volume titled The Arras Witch Treatises: Johann Tinctor's Invectives contre la secte de vauderie and the Recollectio casus, status et condicionis Valdensium ydolatrarum by the Anonymous of Arras (1460), co-introduced, co-edited and co-translated with Robert Desjardins and François Pageau, which was published in 2016 by Penn State University Press in the series 'Magic in History'.
Gow has published in many historical fields. He has written on the history of cartography, German vernacular bibles and the Apocalypse. He also co-edited a collection of writing about the Rocky Mountains: Mountain Masculinity: The Life and Writing of Nello "Tex" Vernon-Wood in the Canadian Rockies, 1906-1938.