Timothy Brook held the Shaw Chair of Chinese Studies at the University of Oxford from 2007–2009 and was appointed as principal and professor at the University of British Columbia's St. John's College. He is also Academic Director of the Contemporary Tibetan Studies Program at the University of British Columbia's Institute of Asian Research.
His research interests include the social and cultural history of the Ming Dynasty in China; law and punishment inImperial China; collaboration during Japan's wartime occupation of China, 1937–45 and war crimes trials in Asia.
Brook's scholarly publications in the fields of Asian social, economic and legal history and international trade include: Geographical Sources of Ming-Qing History, Praying for Power: Buddhism and the Formation of Gentry Society in Late-Ming China,The Troubled Empire: China in the Yuan and Ming Dynasties. etc.