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Department of Political Science

Timothy Hennessey

Timothy Hennessey

Professor, MPA Director

Timothy Hennessey is a Professor of Marine Affairs and a Professor of Political Science at the University of Rhode Island. He holds an undergraduate degree from Brown University and a Ph.D. from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has done postgraduate work at The Workshop on Political Theory and Policy Analysis at Indiana University. He has held senior research appointments at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Dalhousie University, The University of British Columbia and The University of Washington.

He is interested in the design and analysis of governance institutions as these relate to the management of natural resources. He is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles and four edited works. He recently completed a National Sea Grant funded study on the governance dimensions of Large Marine Ecosystems with a number of colleagues from URI and The Northeast Science Center in Woods Hole. He also completed a large-scale comparative analysis of governance systems in six US estuarine watersheds (with Mark Imperial and others), which was funded by the National Academy of Public Administration. His most recent publications are "Large Marine Ecosystems: The Human Dimension" 2005. Elsevier (with Jon Sutinen) and "A Handbook on Governance and Socioeconomics of Large Marine Ecosystems" UNEP/NOAA (with Lawrence Juda, Stephen Olsen and Jon Sutinen)

He has received grant support from The Ford Foundation, The National Science Foundation. The Social Science Research Council, The Canadian Faculty Enrichment Fund, The National Sea Grant Program and the US Agency for International Development. He was most recently a Rockefeller Foundation Resident Fellow at the Bellagio Center on Lake Como in Italy working on international fishery governance issues. He is currently a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of The Canadian Water Network - a National Center of Excellence. He has recently been appointed to GESAMP - the group of experts on scientific aspects of marine pollution, a United Nations panel under UNIDO.

He lives in Wakefield Rhode Island with his wife Linda. They have two sons, Colin and Sean, and three grandchildren, Austin, John and Madison.

Timothy Hennessey
Department of Political Science
University of Rhode Island
Washburn Hall
80 Upper College Road, Suite 4
Kingston, RI 02881-0817

Voice mail: (401) 874-4052
Fax: (401) 874-4072

political science faculty

Timothy Hennessey, Ph.D.
Marc Hutchison, Ph.D. (MA Director)
Kristin Johnson, Ph.D. (MA Director)

Katrin Jomaa, Ph.D
Alfred Killilea, Ph.D.
Brian Krueger, Ph.D. (Chair)

Skye Leedahl, Ph.D.

Aaron Ley, Ph.D.

Maureen Moakley, Ph.D.
Shanna Pearson-Merkowitz, Ph.D.
Nicolai Petro, Ph.D.
Lawrence Rothstein, Ph.D.

Robert Weygand, MA, MPA (MPA Director)

Ping Xu, Ph.D.