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Timothy May, Ph.D.

Title: Associate Dean, College of Arts & Letters
Phone: 706-864-1913

Office: Barnes Hall 314, Dahlonega
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Areas of Expertise: the Mongol Empire, the Crusades, medieval warfare, Central Asia, Mongolia, Islamic history


Dr. Timothy May is a specialist in the Mongol Empire and nomadic empires in general. He is the author and co-author of four books and numerous other publications. He is currently Associate Dean of the College of Arts & Letters and writing a history of the Mongol Empire.

Courses Taught

HIST 1111: World History I; HIST 1112: World History II; HIST 2140: Religion & Thought in the Islamic World; HIST 2600:  History of Central Eurasia; HIST 2860:  History of World Religions; HIST 3420: The Middle East in the Middle Ages; HIST 3400: History of the Middle East; HIST 3450: The Crusades: HIST 3650: Mongol Conquests as well as seminars on The History of Stuff, Star Wars & History, Holy War, Afghanistan and the Great Game; and Eurasia after the Mongols.


  • Ph.D., History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2004

Research/Special Interests

The Mongol Empire; Steppe History; Military History; Nomadic Empires; Nomad-Sedentary relations; Modern Mongolia; Kalmyk/Oirat History


The Mongol Conquests in World History (London: Reaktion, 2012); Anatolian Early 14th Century coin Hoard, coauthored with Judith Kolbas and Vlastimil Novak (Prague: National Museum, 2011); Culture and Customs of Mongolia (New York: Greenwood Press, 2009); The Mongol Art of War (London: Pen & Sword, 2007).

Work Experience

Assistant Professor 2004-2008, Associate Professor, 2008-2012; Professor 2013-present

Personal Information

Mongolia Society, Central Eurasian Studies Society; American Center for Mongolian Studies, Society for Military History, De RE Militari—The Medieval Military History Society

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