Timothy A. Simpson
- Founding Head of Department of Communication (2004-2008)
- BA (Auburn University)
- MA (University of Arkansas)
- Ph.D. (University of South Florida)
Current Research Areas
Tim Simpson’s research interests are focused in the areas of Asian urbanisms; architectures and environments of consumption; Chinese tourism and post-socialist consumption practices; material and immaterial forms of gambling; ethnographic approaches to everyday life; and the political economy of intercultural communication. He is currently writing a book, under contract with University of Minnesota Press, entitled: Macau: Casino Capitalism and the Biopolitical Metropolis.
- UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, LAS VEGAS. Eadington Fellowship, Center for Gaming Research, to be completed June 11 – July 6, 2018.
- PARSONS SCHOOL OF DESIGN, THE NEW SCHOOL, NEW YORK. Visiting Scholar, School of Design Strategies, August – December 2017.
- NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE. Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Asia Research Institute(Asian Urbanisms Cluster), October –December 2011.
- CITY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON. Visiting Research Fellow, Department of Sociology. Funded by an Erasmus Mundus Mobilities Fellowship (MULTI—Multilingualism and Multiculturalism: Linguistic Approaches to Transition and Identity). June 2011 and June 2013.
Media Appearances (please click on links)
- T. Simpson (2018) “Neoliberal exceptions? The liberalization of Macau’s casino gaming monopoly and the genealogy of the post-socialist Chinese subject”. Planning Theory. 17(1): 74-95. (SSCI)
- T. Simpson (2016) “Tourist Utopias: Biopolitics and the Genealogy of the Post-World City,”. Current Issues in Tourism 19(1): 27-59. (SSCI)
- T. Simpson (2014) “Macau Metropolis and Mental Life: Interior Urbanism and the Chinese Imaginary”,International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. 38(3): 824-832.(SSCI)
- T. Simpson (2013) “Scintillant Cities: Glass Architecture, Finance Capital, and the Fictions of Macau’s Enclave Urbanism,” Theory, Culture & Society. 30(7-8): 343-371.(SSCI) VIDEO ABSTRACT
- T. Simpson (2012) “Tourist Utopias: Las Vegas, Dubai, Macau,” Working Paper Series, no. 177, Asia Research Institute , National University of Singapore.
- T. Simpson (2011) “Macao Noir: Criminal Brotherhoods, Casino Capitalism, and the Case of the Post-Socialist Chinese Consumer,” Fast Capitalism 8(1). Special issue on “Global Noir,” ed. By Gray Kochharr-Lindgren (With photographs by Adam Lampton).
- T. Simpson (2009) “Materialist Pedagogy: The Function of Themed Environments in Post-Socialist Consumption in Macau,” Tourist Studies 9(1): 60-80.
- T. Simpson (2009) “Macau’s Mediterranean Motifs,” World Architecture 12: 104-111.(Published in both English and Chinese; Chinese translation by Xiang Linfei).
- T. Simpson (2008) “Macao, Capital of the Twenty-First Century?” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 26: 1053-1079. (With photographs by Adam Lampton). (SSCI)
- T. Simpson (2008), “The Commercialization of Macau’s Cafes.” Ethnography 9(2): 225 – 262. (SSCI)
- T. Simpson (2008) “The Proximal Other: Globalization and the Itinerant Subject of Intercultural Communication Research.” International and Intercultural Communication Annual 31. Intercultural Communication in a Transnational World, Ed. L. A. Flores, B. J. Allen, M. P. Orbe, Sage: 1 – 31.
- T. A. Simpson (2001) “Themed Environments, Suburbs, and the Middle Class in Bangkok,” Etnofoor 14(1), pp. 7-30.
- M. Neumann and T. A. Simpson (2001) “Notes from the Underground: Pirate Recording and Popular Music,” Consommations et Societes 1: 39-46.
- T. A. Simpson (2000) “Streets, Sidewalks, Stores, and Stories: Narrative and the Uses of Urban Space,”Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 29(6): 682-716. (SSCI)
- T. A. Simpson (1999) “Recycling Urban Spaces,” Western Journal of Communication 63: 310-328.
- M. Neumann and T. A. Simpson (1997) “Smuggled Sound: Bootleg Recording and the Pursuit of Popular Memory,” Symbolic Interaction 20: 319-342. (SSCI)
- T. A. Simpson (1995) “Communication, Conflict, and Community in an Urban Industrial Ruin,”Communication Research 22: 700-719.(SSCI)
- T. Simpson (Forthcoming) “Macau’s Materialist Milieu: Portuguese Pavement Stones and the Political Economy of the Chinese Urban Imaginary,” Companion to Urban Imaginaries, Ed. Christoph Linder and Miriam Meissner. Routledge.
- T. Simpson (2018) “Spectacular Architecture at the Frontiers of Global Capitalism,” Macao and the Casino Complex, Ed. Stefan Al. Reno: University of Nevada Press.
- T. Simpson (2017) “Mapping Tourist Utopias,” Tourist Utopias: Offshore Islands, Enclave Spaces, and Mobile Imaginaries,” Ed. Tim Simpson. University of Amsterdam Press.
- T. Simpson (2017) “After Utopia: Post-Colonial Macau and Post-Socialist Chinese Tourists,” Tourist Utopias: Offshore Islands, Enclave Spaces, and Mobile Imaginaries,” Ed. Tim Simpson. University of Amsterdam Press.
- T. Simpson (2016) “Spatial Machines of Subjection: A Materialist Analysis of Macau’s Themed Integrated Casino Resorts”, A Reader in Themed and Immersive Spaces Ed. Scott A. Lukas. Pittsburgh: Carnegie Mellon University – ETC Press. FREE BOOK DOWNLOAD
- T. Simpson (2013) “Chinese Tourists, Themed Casinos, and Consumer Pedagogy in Macau,” The Communicative City and Urban Communication in the 21st Century: Urban Communication Reader 3, Ed. S. Drucker, V. Gallagher, M. Matsanakis (Peter Lang).
- T. Simpson (2011) “’Neoliberalism with Chinese Characteristics’: Consumer Pedagogy in Macao,” Cities and Fascination: Beyond the Surplus of Meaning, Ed. H. Schmid, W. Sahr, J. Urry (Ashgate).
- T. Simpson (2010) “Lazarus, the Dead Mall, and the Demise of the City Center,” Urban Communication Reader II, Ed. H. Jassem, S. Drucker, G. Burd, Hampton Press.
- Wu M. and T. Simpson (2007) “Media and Culture,” Mass Communication (Series on Western Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences), Ed. Shuming Lu and Junhao Hong, Beijing: China Remnin University Press: 84 – 132. (Published in Chinese).
- T. A. Simpson (1996) “Constructions of Self and Other in the Experience of Rap Music,” Constructing the Self in a Mediated World ed. Debra Grodin and Thomas R. Lindlof, Sage: 107-123.
- T. Simpson (Forthcoming) Comment: “Pavement Pedagogy”, Current Anthropology.
- T. Simpson (2013) “The Ongoing Story of Macau,” International Institute of Asian Studies Newsletter: 21-23.
- T. Simpson, T. Chung, H. Tieben (2009) “A Conversation on Casino Architecture in Las Vegas and Macao.” World Architecture 12: 86-91. (Roundtable discussion also including N. Niglio and B. Lam. Published in both English and Chinese).
- T. Simpson (2005) “Russell Crowe in the Boardroom” (The Need for Intercultural Communication Education in Macau), Macau Business, July, pp. 54-57.
- Chan S. H. and T. Simpson (2005) “Multiple Coexisting Bottom Lines,” Euro-Asia Journal of Management15(2): 125-131.
- T. A. Simpson (2008) Review of: New Television, Globalisation, and the East Asian Cultural Imagination, by M. Keane, A.Y.H. Fung, and A. Moran (Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2007), Chinese Cross-Currents 5(1).
- T. A. Simpson (1992) Review of: Living in the Rock n Roll Mystery: Reading Context, Self, and Others as Clues, by H.L. Goodall (Southern Illinois University Press), Journal of Communication Studies 10.
- J. R. Bennett and T. A. Simpson (1991), Review of: The First Amendment, Democracy, and Romance, by S. Shriffin (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1990), Free Speech Yearbook 29. An edited version was reprinted in the Arkansas Grapevine, 12 April, 1991.
Graduate Supervision (PhD)
- Elisabela Larrea (Macanese creole Patua theater)
- Kim H. Johnson (Macau’s Lusophone community)
Current Funded Research Projects
- Baroque Macau. Funded by a grant from the University of Macau Research Committee. 2018-2019.
- Macau as an Urban Laboratory. Funded by a grant from the University of Macau Research Committee. 2016-2017.
- Electronic Gaming, Immaterialist Pedagogy, and the Production of a Post-Socialist Chinese Subject.Funded by a grant from the University of Macau Research Committee, 2014-2016. (Principle Investigator).
- Casino Development in Asia, Funded by a grant from the University of Macau Research Committee, 2014-2017. (Co-investigator, with Melody Lu, Ngo Tak-wing, Alex Choi).
Courses Taught at UM
- FSSG808 Social Theory (PhD)
- Ethnography and the City (PhD)
- HONR301 Leadership from a Global Perspective — for UM Honor’s College
- ENGL283 Western and Eastern Cultures – for FBA “Gaming Management” Program
- COMM207 Visual Communication and Design
- COMM403 Advanced Intercultural Communication
- COMM405 Ethics and Persuasion
- ICNM001 Theories of Mass Communication
- ICNM004 International and Intercultural Communication
- ICNM005 Public Opinion
- ICNM014 Professional Writing in English
Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS)
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