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 in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. A graduate of the Oxford Strategic Leadership Programme (2016), Tim was 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. 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). His current book is a Cambridge history of post-cold war US foreign policy. At Melbourne, he teaches popular electives in American Politics, Great Power Rivalry, and US Foreign policy. 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.