Timothy J. Conlan is a professor at George Mason University. He is the author of many books, monographs, articles and book chapters in the areas of federalism, legislative politics and public policymaking. His 1988 book, New Federalism: Intergovernmental Reform from Nixon to Reagan, received the Martha Derthick Book Award from the Section on Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations of the American Political Science Association in 1998, and in 2002 he received the Daniel J. Elazar Distinguished Scholar Award from the Federalism Section of APSA.

Conlan is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and served as a Fulbright Senior Scholar at Erasmus Universiteit in the Netherlands in 1998. From 1985-86, he served as assistant staff director of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Intergovernmental Relations.