Timothy Campbell

Timothy Campbell

Professor of Italian Studies

tcc9@cornell.edu tcc9 Office: KLR K369 Phone: email only

Timothy Campbell is Professor in the Department of Romance Studies at Cornell University. In addition to having translated Roberto Esposito’s Bios: Biopolitics and Philosophy (Minnesota, 2008) and Communitas: The Origin and Destiny of Community (Stanford, 2010), he is also the author of Wireless Writing in the Age of Marconi (Minnesota, 2006) and Improper Life: Biopolitics and Technology from Heidegger to Agamben (Minnesota, 2011). He also edits the series “Commonalities” for Fordham University Press and is currently completing his study of cinema and biopower titled Grace Notes:  Cinema and the Generous Form of Life.

Recent Courses

  • Biopolitics and Contemporary Italian Thought
  • Fascist Films, Fascist Bodies
  • Modern Italian Travel Writing
  • Perspectives in Italian Culture

Research Interests

  • Biopolitics
  • Fascist Culture
  • Modern Italian Visual Culture

Selected Publications


  • Wireless Writing in the Age of Marconi, University of Minnesota Press, 2006.
  • Improper Life: Technology and Biopolitics from Heidegger to Agamben, University of Minnesota Press, 2011.
  • Grace Notes: Cinema and the Generous Form of Life (currently under consideration)
  • with Adam Sitze, Biopolitics: A Reader, an anthology with introduction, Duke University Press (2013).
Critical Introductions 
  •     ”Bios, Immunity, Life: The Thought of Roberto Esposito,” Introduction to Roberto Esposito’s Bíos: Biopolitics and Philosophy (expanded version in Termini della politica, Mimesis, 2008).
  • “Biopolitics: An Encounter,” with Adam Sitze, Introduction to Biopolitics: A Reader, Duke University Press, 2013.
  •  ”Genres of the Political: The Impolitical Comedy of Conflict,” Introduction to Roberto Esposito’s Ten Thoughts of the Political, University of Minnesota Press (forthcoming).
  • Bíos: Biopolitics and Philosophy, Roberto Esposito, University of Minnesota Press, 2008
  • Communitas: The Origin and Destiny of Community, Roberto Esposito, Stanford University Press, 2009
  • Carlo Diano, Form and Event, Fordham University Press, 2016