Timothy Canova

Timothy A. Canova

Professor of Law and Public Finance


B.A., Franklin & Marshall College, 1982
J.D., cum laude Georgetown University Law Center, 1988


Tim Canova is a Professor of Law and Public Finance, with broad experience in law teaching, private practice, and public policy.  He taught most recently at the Chapman University School of Law in Orange County, California, where he served as associate dean for academic affairs and the Betty Hutton Williams Professor of International Economic Law.  He was first granted tenure at the University of New Mexico School of Law and he has taught as a visitor at the University of Arizona and the University of Miami.

Canova’s work crosses the disciplines of law, public finance, and economics.  His work has been published in more than two dozen articles and book chapters in the U.S. and overseas, including in the Harvard Law & Policy ReviewAmerican Journal of Economics and SociologyBrooklyn Law ReviewGeorgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy, and UC Davis Law Review.  He was an early critic of financial deregulation and the Federal Reserve under Alan Greenspan.  In the 1980s, he wrote critically of the federal bailout of Continental Illinois, the nation’s seventh largest commercial bank, and the collapse of the savings & loan industry.  In the 1990s, prior to the Asian currency contagion, he argued against the liberalization of capital accounts.  Throughout the Bush administration, he warned of an impending crisis in the bubble economy.  Since 2008, he has lectured and written widely on the causes and consequences of the present economic and financial crisis.  In 2011, Canova was appointed by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) to serve on an Advisory Committee on Federal Reserve Reform with leading economists, including Jeffrey Sachs, Robert Reich, James Galbraith, and Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz.

Canova received his B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College and his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center. He has a master’s diploma in graduate legal studies from the University of Stockholm where he was a Swedish Institute Visiting Scholar.  He previously served as a legislative assistant to the late U.S. Senator Paul E. Tsongas and practiced law in New York City with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and Mudge Rose Guthrie Alexander & Ferdon.

Recent article on the Federal Reserve and the financial crisis published by Limes, a leading Italian journal of geopolitics, in a special volume, “Moneta e Impero” (Money & Empire), which was the focus of the 2nd Festival of Limes, in Genoa, Italy, from March 6-8, 2015:

The English language version of Canova’s article, entitled “The Fox, the Henhouse and the Fed," was published in Heartland: Eurasian Review of Geopolitics:

Areas of Interest

  • Central Banking and Monetary Policy
  • Corporate Governance
  • International Banking and Monetary Law
  • Regulation of Banking and Financial Services
  • SEC
  • State and Local Finances


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