Curriculum Vitae

  • Professor, Sociology Department



  • B.A., Sociology, University of Denver
  • Ph.D., Sociology, Brown University. Project: Economic Dependence, Urban and Labor Force Structure, and Problems of Development: A Quantitative, Cross-National Study

Honors & Awards

  • Visiting Research Professor. Department of Geography, University of Ghent, 11/01/2013
  • Elected Section Chair. Political Economy of the World-System Section, American Sociological Association, 08/10/2013
  • Keynote lecture, "Global Cities with Chinese Characteristics". School of Public Policy, Sun Yat-sen University, 12/17/2011
  • Guest Professor. China Normal University, Cultural Studies Faculty, 06/01/2011
  • Delivered 11th Annual Lecture of Globalization and World City Network, Loughborough University, Loughborough, England. Globalization and World City Network (GaWC), 04/20/2009
  • Visiting research fellow. Spring 2009. Department of Geography, Universiteit Gent, 2009
  • Urban Studies Fellow, Fall, 2008-9, Department of Geographic and Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow (Scotland). Urban Studies Fellow, 07/01/2008


Born in Akron, Ohio, Timberlake attended public schools, graduating from Firestone High School.  He enrolled in Miami University (Ohio), attending for several years while majoring in English.  Before graduating, he took a "sabatical" and with his first wife at that time joined Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA), working on a number of poverty program projects in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.  After a year in VISTA he enrolled at the University of Denver, graduating with a B.S. degree in Sociology.  From there he attended graduate school at Brown University, earning the M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology.  He engaged in further training in sociology in the Department of Social Relations at The Johns Hopkins University.  He has been on the faculties of sociology programs at three universities.  Preceeding the University of Utah he worked at Kansas State University and the University of Memphis.  He served as department chair (or head) for 15 years total at K-State and the U.  He has also held visiting research appointments at the University of Glasgow and Universiteit Gent (Belgium).


  • Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP), Member, 02/01/2016 - present
  • International Sociological Association (ISA), member, 08/1992 - present
  • American Sociological Association (ASA), Member, 08/1976 - present

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • China
  • Eastern Asia
  • United States of America. Mississippi Delta region.