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Timothy J. Conlan

University Professor



Research Hall Room 328, MSN: 3F4
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030



Timothy J. Conlan is University Professor of Government at George Mason University. He holds a Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University and an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Chicago. Prior to joining the faculty of George Mason University in 1987, Dr. Conlan served as a Senior Research Analyst with the U.S. Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, and as the Assistant Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Intergovernmental Relations.

Prof. Conlan is the author of many books, articles and research monographs in the areas of federalism, intergovernmental relations, and public policy. His works include Pathways of Power: The Dynamics of National Policymaking (Washington: Georgetown University Press, 2014); “Whiplash: American Federalism in the Age of Obama,” Revue Française de Science Politique 64:2 (April 2014), 221-244; Intergovernmental Management for the 21st Century (Washington, Brookings Institution, 2008), “Federalism and the Bush Administration,” Special Issue of Publius: The Journal of Federalism 37 (Summer 2007), and From New Federalism to Devolution: Twenty-five Years of Intergovernmental Reform, (Washington: Brookings Institution, 1998).

Professor Conlan is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. In 2002, he received the Daniel J. Elazar Distinguished Federalism Scholar Award from the American Political Science Association. His first book, New Federalism: Intergovernmental Reform from Nixon to Reagan, received the 1998 Martha Derthick book award from the Section on Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations of the American Political Science Association.

Areas of Research

  • Federalism
  • Federal Policy Making
  • Intergovernmental Relations
  • Public Administration
  • U.S. and Comparative Federalism
  • U.S. Politics