Timothy Hampton

professor of French and comparative literature, director of the Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities

Timothy Hampton is a writer, scholar, teacher and translator based in Northern California. Raised in the Rockies, educated in New Mexico, Europe, Canada, and on the East Coast, he is primarily a scholar of the Romance languages, and of the literature and culture of the Renaissance. Hampton's research interests include the relationship between literature and politics, the philosophy of history, and the transmission of culture. He has written widely on literature in its many forms (epic, lyric, dramatic, novelistic) across several languages and national traditions. Recently, he has been working on the history of emotion, on multilingualism, and on popular music. Hampton serves as professor of comparative literature and French at UC Berkeley, where he holds the Aldo Scaglione and Marie M. Burns Distinguished Professorship. He also directs the Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities at UC Berkeley.