Timothy K. Hoye, Ph.D.
Professor of Government
Office: CFO 609
Timothy Hoye, Ph.D., is a professor of government with specializations in political theory, American politics and comparative politics with an emphasis on Japan. Among the courses he teaches are American government, modern political thought, politics and literature, ethical issues in global politics, Japanese culture and politics and the senior seminar in government. His research focuses on the problems and prospects of modern democratic theory and on the literary artist as political analyst. Grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities have supported his research seminars on early democratic theory at Johns Hopkins and Cornell Universities and on Japanese culture and politics at Harvard University. He has taught in the American Studies Program at Hiroshima University in Japan as a Fulbright exchange scholar and at Harlaxton College in the United Kingdom. He is the author of a textbook on modern Japan entitled Japanese Politics: Fixed and Floating Worlds.
Recently he has presented papers at national and regional conferences in Washington, D.C., Toronto, Boston, Albuquerque and Philadelphia on race consciousness in Japanese-American relations, Chinese Nobel Laureate Gao Xingjian, Japanese political theorist Masao Maruyama and Japanese novelist Natsume Soseki. He has also organized and chaired panels at recent annual meetings of the American Political Science Association (Washington D.C., 2010; Toronto, 2009; Boston, 2008) and the Southwest Political Science Association (Albuquerque, 2007). He also served as discussant on panels at the APSA annual conferences in Chicago (2013) and Seattle (2011) and at the Eric Voegelin Society annual conference in Baton Rouge (2012). His recent publications are on the work of political theorist John H. Hallowell, a review of a book on the Shikoku temple pilgrimage in Japan, on political themes in the fiction of Japanese novelists Natsume Soseki and Osamu Dazai, on the composition of the Texas Constitution, on Texas in the U.S. Supreme Court and on the education clause of the Texas Constitution.
Professor Hoye was born in Providence, Rhode Island. He received his bachelor of arts and master's degrees in political science at Texas A&M University – Commerce and his doctorate in political science from Duke University. His wife Masako is from Fukuoka, Japan, and recently completed her doctorate in linguistics from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is currently on the Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures faculty at the University of Rhode Island. They have two children. Nathan graduated from Bard College with a degree in literature in 2012 and has begun graduate studies at UNT. Christopher is a junior at Denison University. For Fall 2014 he is studying human rights and diversity in a semester abroad program in South Africa.