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.
T. Simpson (2019) “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 (2018) Comment: “Pavement Pedagogy”, Current Anthropology. 59(4):392-393.
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 (2009) “Macau’s Mediterranean Motifs,” World Architecture 12: 104-111.(Published in both English and Chinese; Chinese translation by Xiang Linfei).
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).
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).