Timothy A. Simpson

Associate Professor

Administrative Roles

  • Founding Head of Department of Communication (2004-2008)

Academic Qualifications

  • BA (Auburn University)
  • MA (University of Arkansas)
  • Ph.D. (University of South Florida)

Current Research Areas

My research interests focus on Asian cities; consumer architectures and environments; Chinese tourism and consumption practices; material and immaterial forms of gambling; and ethnographic approaches to everyday life. My forthcoming book with the University of Minnesota Press is tentatively titled: Macau: Baccarat, Biopolitics, and Casino Capitalism.

Research Fellowships

  • UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, LAS VEGAS. Eadington Fellowship, Center for Gaming Research, 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.


Selected Publications


Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Graduate Supervision (PhD)

  • Mai Shuting (Intersectionality, space and power; Landscape, memory, narrative)
  • Elisabela Larrea (Macanese creole Patua theater) – graduated 2021
  • Kim H. Johnson (Macau’s Lusophone community)- graduated 2020
  • Vanessa Amaro (Portuguese in post-colonial Macau) – graduated 2016

Current Funded Research Projects

  • Baroque Macau. Funded by a grant from the University of Macau Research Committee. 2018-2019.

Courses Taught at UM

  • Academic writing and Research (MA)
  • Introduction to Culture and Communication  (UG)
  • Leadership from a Global Perspective (UG) – for UM Honor’s College
  • Western and Eastern Cultures (UG) – for FBA “Gaming Management” Program
  • Visual Communication and Design (UG)
  • Advanced Intercultural Communication (UG)
  • Ethics and Persuasion (UG)
  • Theories of Mass Communication (MA)
  • International and Intercultural Communication (MA)
  • Public Opinion (MA)
  • Professional Writing in English (MA)
  • Social Theory (PhD)
  • Ethnography and the City (PhD)

Contact Details

Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS)
Humanities & Social Sciences Building (E21B), 2044
Tel: (853) 8822 8351
E-mail: tsimpson@um.edu.mo