A/PROF Timothy Lynch

A/PROF Timothy Lynch


  • American Foreign Policy (United States)
  • American Politics (United States)
  • Great Power Politics (International Relations)



  • Tim Lynch is Associate Professor in American Politics and Chair of the Political Science Discipline in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. Tim specialises in the history, politics and ideology of American foreign policy. His books include Turf War: the Clinton Administration and Northern Ireland (Ashgate, 2004) and US Foreign Policy and Democracy Promotion (Routledge, 2013). His co-authored book (with RS Singh), After Bush: the Case for Continuity in American Foreign Policy (Cambridge, 2008), won the Richard Neustadt Book Prize and became a best-selling international security text. He is editor of the two-volume Oxford Encyclopedia of American Military and Diplomatic History (2013). He latest monograph is In the Shadow of the Cold War: American Foreign Policy from George Bush Sr. to Donald Trump (Cambridge, in press). His articles have appeared in the British Journal of Politics and IR, International Affairs, and International Politics. He has contributed 12 chapters to edited volumes. His op-eds have appeared in the Age, the Australian, the Conversation, the Herald Sun, and the Wall Street Journal. He teaches popular electives in American Politics, Great Power Politics, and US Foreign policy. A graduate of the Oxford Strategic Leadership Programme (2016), Tim was Associate Dean and Director of the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Melbourne from 2013-2017. In this role, he oversaw the largest expansion in graduate student recruitment in the Faculty’s history. He is creator and convenor of the sell-out 10 Great Books Melbourne Masterclass. A Fulbright Scholar, Tim has a PhD in Political Science from Boston College, Mass. He is a citizen of Australia and Great Britain.    


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

    • US State Department federal grant, lead writer, Boston College Center for Irish Programs (2000-2003): $1.5mil
    • School of Advanced Study, Deans Development Fund, Women and US Foreign Policy Oral History Project (2010-12) £92,000
    • International Relations Research Training Fund, UoM, conference on India, Australia and the Pivot to Asia at JNU, Delhi Sep 30-Oct 1, 2014, AUD$15,000


Education and training

  • PHD, Boston College 2003
  • MA, University of London 1995
  • BA, East Anglia 1993

Awards and honors

  • Richard E. Neustadt Prize for the best book on US government and politics by a British-based scholar published in 2008 for After Bush, Political Studies Association (American Politics Group), 2009
  • Fulbright Scholar (1995-2000), 1997



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I supervise PhD students in US politics and foreign policy, international relations, great power politics, peace and war in the international system.