Timothy Hampton works on Renaissance and early modern European culture, in both English and the Romance languages. His research and teaching involve the relationship between politics and culture, and focus on such issues as the ideology of literary genre, the literary construction of nationhood, and the rhetoric of historiography. Recently he has been working on the relationship of music and poetry and on popular culture. His most recent book is Fictions of Embassy: Literature and Diplomacy in Early Modern Europe. A new book, Bob Dylan’s Poetics (How the Songs Work), is forthcoming from Zone Books. (Ph.D., Princeton University).
In 2013, Professor Hampton received the Campus Distinguished Teaching Award, Berkeley’s highest honor for teaching excellence. Professor Hampton is currently the Director of the Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities on the Berkeley Campus.