Timothy Hampton Appointed New Townsend Center Director

May 02, 2017
Timothy Hampton Portrait

Timothy Hampton, Aldo Scaglione and Marie M. Burns Distinguished Professor of French and Comparative Literature, has been appointed the next director of the Townsend Center for the Humanities, effective July 1, 2017.  

A scholar of the Renaissance and early modern periods, Professor Hampton has published widely on literature in its many forms across several languages and national traditions. His books include Fictions of Embassy: Literature and Diplomacy in Early Modern Europe and Literature and Nation in the Sixteenth Century: Inventing Renaissance France. He is currently working on three projects that demonstrate the breadth of his interests: a history of cheerfulness, a book about Bob Dylan's poetics, and a study of colonies before the rise of modern colonialism. 

Currently serving as chair of the Department of French, Professor Hampton has directed the Designated Emphasis in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies. In 2014-15 he was a fellow at the Institut d’Etudes Avancées in Paris, and in 2013 he was recognized with the Campus Distinguished Teaching Award, Berkeley’s highest honor for teaching excellence.

Professor Hampton, who will join the Townsend Center in its thirtieth year, succeeds Alan Tansman, Louis B. Agassiz Professor of Japanese, who concludes his five-year term as director in June 2017.