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Associate Professor in American Politics, The University of Melbourne

Tim Lynch is an internationally recognised researcher, teacher, and university leader and one of the most read experts of US foreign policy in Australia. An award-winning author of two monographs, a co-authored bestseller, and two edited works (including the Oxford Encyclopedia of American Military and Diplomatic History), his op-eds, viewed over 750,000 times, have appeared in major newspapers, from the Age to the Wall St. Journal.

Tim appears regularly on national and international TV and radio. He has taught students in Australia, China, Europe, and the United States. His leadership led to the creation of multi-million-dollar programs at the University of Melbourne. He is co-creator and convener of the sell-out 10 Great Books: a Melbourne Masterclass. Tim is a graduate of the Oxford Strategic Leadership Programme.

His latest monograph, In the Shadow of the Cold War: American Foreign Policy from George Bush Sr. to Donald Trump (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2020) has been called ‘a cogent, graceful, provocative account’ of its subject.


  • 2005–2010
    Senior Lecturer, University of London
  • 2003–2005
    Lecturer, University of Leicester
  • 2000–2003
    Director, Boston College Centre for Irish Programmes, Dublin


  • 2016 
    University of Oxford, Oxford Strategic Leadership Program
  • 2003 
    Boston College, PhD (Fulbright Scholar)
  • 1995 
    University of London, MA
  • 1993 
    University of East Anglia, BA (Hons)


  • 2020
    In the Shadow of the Cold War: American Foreign Policy from George Bush Sr to Donald Trump, Cambridge University Press
  • 2013
    Oxford Encyclopedia of American Military and Diplomatic History, Oxford University Press
  • 2013
    US Foreign Policy and Democracy Promotion, Routledge
  • 2008
    After Bush: The Case for Continuity in American Foreign Policy (with R.S. Singh), Cambridge University Press
  • 2004
    Turf War: The Clinton Administration and Northern Ireland, Ashgate

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Institute of International Affairs
  • Australian Political Studies Association

Research Areas

  • Political Science (1606)
  • International Relations (160607)
  • Comparative Government And Politics (160603)