Timothy is a comparative political scientist with a deep commitment to interdisciplinary area studies. He studied both Latin American literature and political science as an undergraduate at the University of Massachusetts in the early 1980s, and then completed an MA in interdisciplinary Latin American Studies at the University of Florida in 1986.
He completed a PhD in political science at the University of Notre Dame in 1993, working mainly with the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, and taught at Louisiana State University and Florida International University before arriving in Oxford in 2005.
From 2008 to 2012, Timothy directed the Latin American Centre (LAC), and continues to direct the Brazilian Studies Programme within the LAC.
Areas of expertise
- Latin America
- Political parties
|Sept 05 - Present||University Lecturer in Brazilian Studies, University of Oxford|
|Aug 99 - Sept 05||Associate Professor, Florida International University|
|Aug 92 - Aug 99||Assistant Professor, Louisiana State University|
- Democratic Brazil Revisited Co-edited with Peter R Kingstone, Pittsburgh, 2008
- Does Democratization Depress Participation? Voter Turnout in the Latin American and Eastern European Transitional Democracies Political Research Quarterly, 60, No.3, September 2007
- Exporting Congress? The Influence of the US Congress on World Legislatures Co-edited with Nicol C Rae, Pittsburgh, 2006
- Rewarding Lula: Executive Power, Social Policy, and the Brazilian Elections of 2006 with Wendy Hunter, Latin American Politics and Society, 49, No.1, Spring 2007