Timothy B. Krebs


Department Chair

Photo: Timothy Krebs
Email:  tbkrebs@unm.edu
Phone:  (505) 277-5104
Personal Website
Curriculum vitae
Office:  SSCO 2063
Education:  Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago, 1997

Research Area/s:

American Politics,  Public Policy


Professor Timothy 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 serves as department chair. Prior to UNM, he taught at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Illinois Wesleyan University.

Research Interests

Professor Krebs is currently studying rhetoric in U.S. mayoral campaigns, with the goal of understanding campaign strategy. 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 urban policy research focuses on the effect that political, demographic and institutional variables have on policy outputs.

Professor Krebs's 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, State and Local Government Review, and Legislative Studies Quarterly. He has also authored or co-authored book chapters on city councils, urban elections and campaigns, and the link between urban elections and policy responsiveness in edited volumes.

Recent Accomplishments

Professor Krebs has recently published two articles, one with former UNM political science graduate student Vickie Ybarra, Ph.D., on anti-smoking policies in U.S. counties, and a second with former UNM undergraduate student Fraser Turner, on the effect of campaign finance reform in the 2011 Chicago mayoral election. Book chapters on city councils and urban campaigns and elections were also recently published in edited volumes by Sage Publications and Oxford University Press.

Selected Publications

  • Timothy B. Krebs and Arnold Fleischmann. 2020. "Understanding Urban Politics. Institutions, Representation, and Policies."  
  • Ybarra, Vickie D. and Timothy B. Krebs. 2016. “Policy Responsiveness in Local Government: Adoption of Smoke-Free Policies in U.S. Counties.” State and Local Government Review, 48: 6-20.
  • Krebs, Timothy B., and Fraser S. Turner. 2015. “Following the Money: The Influence of Campaign Finance Reform in the 2011 Chicago Mayoral Election.” Journal of Urban Affairs, 37: 109-121.
  • 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.
  • Krebs, Timothy B., and John P. Pelissero. 2010. “Urban Managers and Public Policy: Do Institutional Arrangements Influence Decisions to Initiate Policy?” Urban Affairs Review 45:391-411.
  • 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., 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.