Timothy K. Hoye, Ph.D.
Professor of Government
Office: CFO 609
Timothy Hoye is 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 a political analyst. Grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities have supported 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.
In the last three years, he has organized and chaired panels at the Southern Political Science Association annual conventions in San Juan, Puerto Rico (2016), and New Orleans ((2017, 2018). He also presented papers on integral liberalism, the late works of Japanese novelist Natsume Soseki, and, most recently, in January 2018, on “Rethinking the Idea of a Republic in the Wake of the Trump Presidency.” 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 BA and MA degrees in political science at Texas A&M University-Commerce and the PhD in political science from Duke University. His wife Masako is from Fukuoka, Japan, and currently serves on the faculty of the University of Rhode Island teaching Japanese and linguistics. They have two children. Nathan graduated from Bard College with a degree in literature in 2012, and Christopher graduated from Denison University with a degree in political science and international relations in 2016. Nathan just completed a Master’s degree in ESL at the University of North Texas. Christopher is in Madison, Wisconsin, working for Epic Systems, a private healthcare software company.