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



  • Timothy J. Lynch is the Director of the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences and Associate Professor in American Politics in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. His books include Turf War: the Clinton Administration and Northern Ireland (Ashgate, 2004), After Bush: the Case for Continuity in American Foreign Policy (co-authored with RS Singh, Cambridge, 2008), a winner of the Richard Neustadt Book Prize and a best-selling international security text and US Foreign Policy and Democracy Promotion (Routledge, 2013). He is editor-in-chief of the two-volume Oxford Encyclopedia of American Military and Diplomatic History (2013). A regular commentator for Sky News and ABC TV and radio in Australia, the BBC and Al Jazeera in the UK, and C-SPAN and NPR in the US, his editorials have appeared in the Age, the Conversation, the Guardian, the Herald Sun, the Spectator, and the Wall Street Journal. At Melbourne Tim teaches two popular electives on the Master of International Relations (Great Power Rivalry and US Foreign Policy. He is the convener of the Ten Great Books Melbourne Masterclass. A Fulbright Scholar, he holds a PhD in Political Science from Boston College, USA.   


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.