Tim Luke's areas of research specialization include environmental and cultural studies as well as comparative politics, international political economy, and modern critical social and political theory. He teaches courses in the history of political thought, contemporary political theory, comparative and international politics.

During 1996, he was named Visiting Research and Teaching Scholar at the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand, and in 1995 he was the Fulbright Professor of Cultural Theory and the Politics of Information Society at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. He has continued teaching courses online for Victoria University's School of English, Film and Theatre Studies from 1998-2001.

He serves on the editorial board of Organization & Environment, New Political Science, Current Perspectives in Social Theory, Telos, International Political Economy Yearbook, and Post-Communist Cultural Studies with Penn State University Press. He has also served as an editorial board member with Journal of Politics.