Dr Timothy J. Power

Dr. Timothy J. Power
Director, Brazilian Studies Programme; University Lecturer in Brazilian Studies

I am first and foremost a comparative political scientist, but I also have a deep and enduring commitment to the area studies tradition represented by SIAS. As an undergraduate at the University of Massachusetts in the early 1980s, I studied both Latin American literature and political science. I then completed an MA in interdisciplinary Latin American Studies at the University of Florida in 1986. I completed my PhD in political science at the University of Notre Dame in 1993, working mainly with the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, a centre that bears many similarities to SIAS. I then taught at Louisiana State University and Florida International University before arriving in Oxford in 2005. From 2008 to 2012 I directed the Latin American Centre, and I continue to direct the Brazilian Studies Programme within the LAC.

My research concerns democratization and political institutions (parties, legislatures, and elections) in modern Latin America, especially Brazil. With regard to Brazilian politics, I have written on the democratic transition in the 1980s, on the role of the political right in the 1990s, on the politics of constitutional design, and on recent ideological convergence in the Cardoso and Lula years. More recently I have been working on the consequences of “coalitional presidentialism” in Brazil, and within SIAS I am collaborating on a cross-regional ESRC-funded project on this topic with Paul Chaisty (REES), Nic Cheeseman (Africa), and Svitlana Chernykh (SIAS). My colleagues graciously waived the requirement that all surnames begin with “Ch.”

Some of my publications to appear in 2013 include (with Paul and Nic) “Rethinking the ‘Presidentialism Debate’: Coalitional Politics in Cross-Regional Perspective,” forthcoming in Democratization; with Cesar Zucco (Rutgers University), “Elite Preferences in a Consolidating Democracy: The Brazilian Legislative Surveys, 1990-2009,” forthcoming in Latin American Politics and Society 55, no. 2, and also with Cesar Zucco, “Bolsa Família and the Shift in Lula’s Electoral Base, 2002-2006: A Reply to Bohn,” forthcoming in Latin American Research Review 48, no. 2.

In my spare time I pitch for the Oxford Globetrotters, the most disorganised team in the Oxford Softball Association. When it is not raining, we play on Tuesday evenings at the BMW factory in Cowley.

Contact Information

Email: timothy.power@lac.ox.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)1865 284779