Timothy Krebs, Professor, Department Chair

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Contact Information

Office Location: 2063
Phone: (505) 277-5104
Personal Website: http://polisci.unm.edu/~tbkrebs
Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago, 1997            
M.A., Loyola University Chicago, 1993
B.A., Loyola Marymount University, 1990

Professor Tim Krebs teaches courses in American politics with a specialization in urban politics, public policy, and campaigns and elections.  His research focuses on urban elections and campaigns and urban policy.  In addition to teaching and research, Professor Krebs has served as graduate advisor in political science and book review editor of Urban Affairs Review, the premier journal of urban politics and policy research.  Prior to UNM, he taught at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Illinois Wesleyan University.

Research Interests

At present Professor Krebs is studying campaign rhetoric in U.S. mayoral campaigns with a specific focus on the role of deracialized speech.  Using a unique data set of candidates’ television advertisements, this work examines issue and trait speech, as well as the tone of ads aired by mayoral candidates in the U.S.  His policy research focuses on the role of political, demographic and institutional factors in shaping urban policy outputs.  Professor Krebs is currently studying how a mayor’s party affiliation influences city policy outputs.  He is also studying anti-tobacco policies in U.S. counties. 

Professor Krebs' work has appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, Political Research Quarterly, American Politics Research, Social Science Quarterly, Urban Affairs Review, Journal of Urban Affairs, Public Administration Review, and Legislative Studies Quarterly. He has also authored or co-authored chapters on city councils, urban elections and campaigns, and the link between urban elections and policy responsiveness in edited volumes.

Recent Accomplishments

In 2010, Dr. Krebs published two articles dealing with reinventing government in cities, and has recently published two book chapters on urban elections and policy in edited volumes published by Routledge and Oxford University Press. His new article with Fraser S. Turner,  “Following the Money: The Influence of Campaign Finance Reform in the 2011 Chicago Mayoral Election,” is forthcoming in the Journal of Urban Affairs.

Selected Publications

Krebs, Timothy B., and John P. Pelissero.  2010.  “What Influences City Council Adoption and Support for Reinventing Government?  Environmental or Institutional Factors?” Public Administration Review 70:258-267.

Atkeson, Lonna Rae, and Timothy B. Krebs.  2008. “Press Coverage of Mayoral Candidates: The Role of Gender in News Reporting and Campaign Issue Speech.” Political Research Quarterly 61:239-252.

Krebs, Timothy B., and David B. Holian.  2007.  “Competitive Positioning, Deracialization, and Attack Speech: A Study of Negative Campaigning in the 2001 Los Angeles Mayoral Election.” American Politics Research 35:123-149

Krebs, Timothy B. 2005.  “Money and Machine Politics: An Analysis of Corporate and Labor Contributions in Chicago City Council Elections.” Urban Affairs Review 41:47-64.           

Krebs, Timothy B., and David B. Holian. 2005.  “Media and Momentum: Strategic Contributing in a Big-City Mayoral Election.” Urban Affairs Review 40:614-633.

Krebs, Timothy B. 1998. “The Determinants of Candidates’ Vote Share and the Advantages of Incumbency in City Council Elections.” American Journal of Political Science 42:921-935. 

Pelissero, John P., and Timothy B. Krebs. 1997. “City Council Legislative Committees and Policy-Making in Large United States Cities.” American Journal of Political Science 41:499-518.