Roberto E. Campo

Ph.D., Professor of French, Director of International and Global Studies



Ph.D., French, University of Pennsylvania
M.A., French, University of Pennsylvania
B.A., French and Philosophy, University of California, Irvine
B.A., Fine Arts (Studio), University of California, Irvine

Research/ Teaching Interests

  1. Sixteenth-century French literature with specializations in the poetic and aesthetic theory of the Renaissance (especially the works of Pierre de Ronsard and the authors of the Pléiade)
  2. Laughter theory
  3. Early modern Orientalism
  4. French literary representations of cultural alterity

Personal Statement

Dr. Campo is Professor of French, Director of the International and Global Studies Program, and Graduate Director for French and Francophone Studies. His degrees include the PhD and MA in French Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and BAs in French, Philosophy, and Studio Art from UC-Irvine. His research and teaching focus on 16th-century French literature, laughter theory, early modern Orientalism, and French literary representations of cultural alterity. As IGS Director, he also teaches the introductory and capstone core courses for the IGS Program. In professional service, he has been chair of the MLA Division for 16th-Century French Literature and president of the North Carolina American Association of Teachers of French. Among his awards are the UNCG Alumni Teaching Excellence Award, the College of Arts and Sciences Teaching Excellence Award, and a Title VI(A) UISFL grant to develop Asian Studies at UNCG.

Selected Professional Achievements

  1. Ronsard’s Contentious Sisters: The Paragone between Poetry and Painting in the Works of Pierre de Ronsard. Chapel Hill: North Carolina Studies in Romance Languages and Literatures, 1998.
  2. “Pierre de Ronsard: Biography and Bibliography.” In Megan Conway (Ed.) Dictionary of Literary Biography: Sixteenth-Century French Literature, (pp. 354-77). Columbia, SC:  Bruccoli Clark Layman Books, 2006.
  3. “Ronsard’s Eutrapelian Gaillardise.” Neophilologus 87 (2003): 529-51.
  4. “The Oriental ‘Other’ and French Self-Fashioning from Turoldus to Camus.” Critical Essays on Contemporary European Culture and Society. Ed. Ursala Beitter. New York: Peter Lang, 2003. 1-17
  5. “Tyard’s Graphic Metamorphoses: Figuring the Semiosic Drift in the Douze Fables de fleuves ou fontaines.” Renaissance Quarterly 54 (Autumn 2001): 776-800.