About the Director
Dr. Timothy Hellwig
Timothy Hellwig (BA, St. Cloud State University; MA American University; PhD University of Minnesota) is a political scientist with research interests in areas of comparative and international political economy, political parties and elections, and European politics. His current work as a researcher emphasizes how signals from the world economy—such as the economic crisis—and from political institutions—such as coalition government—shape mass and elite political behavior. In one project he examines how elite cues and individual beliefs affect how voters hold politicians to accounts, particularly in times of economic uncertainty. A second project looks at how electoral systems matter for parties' strategies in parliamentary elections. And in a third project, funded by the National Science Foundation, he develops and tests a model for how economic globalization matters for mass politics in advanced capitalist democracies. He has also written on the politics of immigration and on popular responses to the financial crisis.
Professor Hellwig’s work appears in several journals and book chapters, including the American Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, and the Journal of Politics. He is completing a book, entitled Retaining the Room to Maneuver? Globalization and Electoral Politics, which examines how economic openness alters the bases of accountability and responsiveness in post-industrial democracies.
Before coming to IU, he was on the faculty at the University of Houston. He also has been a visiting researcher at the University of Essex and a research analyst at the International Foundation for Election Systems. Professor Hellwig teaches courses on comparative public policy, comparative elections, European politics, the European Union, and research methods.