Timothy Campbell

cornell university 

department of romance studies



Timothy Campbell is Professor of Italian in the Department of Romance Studies. In addition to authoring Wireless Writing in the Age of Marconi (Minnesota, 2006) and Improper Life: Technology and Biopolitics from Heidegger to Agamben (Minnesota, 2011), he has translated Roberto Esposito’s Bíos: Biopolitics and Philosophy (Minnesota, 2008) and Communitas: The Origin and Destiny of Community (Stanford, 2009). His latest book, The Techne of Giving: Cinema and the Generous Form of Life is forthcoming from Fordham University Press.Professor Campbell also edits the series, "Commonalities" for Fordham University Press. A description of the series along with recent and not so recent titles can be found here

At Cornell he teaches courses on biopolitics, contemporary thought, and Italian cinema and literature. 

Selected publications as follows:



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 (Fordham University Press, 2016)


with Adam Sitze, Biopolitics: A Reader, an anthology with introduction, Duke University Press

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.