Portrait of Caroline Campbell

Caroline Campbell

  • Assoc. Professor, History

Contact Info

Office Address

O'Kelly Hall Room 223
276 Centennial Dr Stop 8096
Grand Forks, ND 58202-8096


Caroline Campbell's research and teaching interests focus on fascism, colonialism, human rights, and genocide. Her first book, Political Belief in France: Gender, Empire, and Fascism in the Croix de Feu and Parti Social Français, 1927-1945 (Louisiana State University Press, 2015) is the first full-length study to show the powerful significance of women in the French far right in the age of fascism.

Her second book project, tentatively entitled Entanglements: Colonial Conquest, Political Violence, and the Rise of Fascism in France, 1900-1945, is the first book to explore the relationship between fascism and colonialism in France. Integrating indigenous narratives of 20th-century colonial conquest (in Morocco, Chad, and Indochina), her project reveals that French colonization fundamentally altered indigenous conditions of life. The violence also had a formative effect on colonial officers who perpetrated it, and her book traces how upon leaving the army in the 1920s, they as vectors to transfer methods of colonial conquest to political situations in France in the 1930s and during World War II.

A member of UND's History Department since 2009, Dr. Campbell's research has been funded by multiple grants, including those from the National Endowment for the Humanities and American Philosophical Society, and has been published by outlets in the United States and abroad, including French Historical Studies, French History, Les éditions du cerf, and public humanities forums. She has engaged in a broad array of service activities to the profession and on campus, including as a board member of UND's Women and Gender Studies Program and the Center for Human Rights and Genocide Studies.

HIST 102 Western Civilization II

HIST 106, World Civilizations II

HIST 327 France and Empire

HIST 328 A History of Human Rights

HIST 399 Special Topics: Nazi Germany

HIST 423 A History of the Holocaust

HIST 426 Revolutions in Modern Europe

HIST 515 Graduate Seminar: Modern Europe

HIST 594 Graduate Readings: Modern Europe

Published Book

Political Belief in France, 1927-1945: Gender, Empire, and Fascism in the Croix de Feu and Parti Social Français. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2015.

Published Peer-Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters

“Experiencing Colonial Violence From Below: French and Amazigh Entanglement during the Conquest of Morocco in the Early Twentieth-Century” French History, Special Issue, “Colonial Histories From Below,” edited by Jennifer Sessions and Claire Eldridge (forthcoming 2019).

“‘Il est, en France, le symbole du fascisme’: François de La Rocque et les Croix de feu/Parti social français,” in Fascisme français, le refoulement, Zeev Sternhell dir. Paris: Editions du Cerf, (forthcoming 2019).

“Review Essay: Gender and Politics in Interwar France and Vichy France,” Contemporary European History 27, no. 3 (2018): 482-499.

“The Colonial Roots of Political Violence in France: The Croix de Feu, the Popular Front and the Riots of 22 March, 1936 in Morocco.” In Political Violence and Democracy in Western Europe, 1918-1940, edited by Chris Millington and Kevin Passmore. 127-143. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.

“‘Our Body Doesn’t Have to be Ugly’: Physical Culture, Gender, and Racial Rejuvenation in the Croix de Feu/Parti Social Français.” In The French Right Between the Wars: Political and Intellectual Movements from Conservatism to Fascism, edited by Samuel Kalman and Sean Kennedy. 163-179. New York: Berghahn Books, 2014.

“Building a Movement, Dismantling the Republic: Women and Political Extremism in the Croix de Feu/Parti Social Français, 1927-1940.” French Historical Studies 35, no. 4 (Fall 2012): 691-726.

“Women and Gender in the Croix de Feu/PSF: Creating a Nationalist Youth Culture, 1927-1939.” Proceedings of the Western Society for French History 36 (2008/2009): 249-64.

Bard Baukol Fellowship, Department of History, University of North Dakota, 2016-2017

Arts and Humanities Scholarship Initiative, University of North Dakota, 2015

Arts, Humanities, and Social Science Grant for research abroad, University of North Dakota, 2014

Spirit Faculty Achievement Award for significant contributions by faculty in teaching, research, and service, University of North Dakota, 2013

National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Stipend, 2011

American Philosophical Society, Franklin Grant for research, 2010

Arts, Humanities, and Social Science Grant for research abroad, University of North Dakota, 2010

PhD, University of Iowa, 2009

“The Making of a Hometown Hero: Holocaust Rescue, the North Dakota Prairie, and Historical Representation,” North Dakota Quarterly, January 2018.

Medicine and the Far Right in France in the 1930s: Will and Character,” Theme on Fascism in History for REMEDIA: The Interdisciplinary Sphere of the Medical Humanities, February 2017.

Mainstreaming Extremism: The Language of Suffering and Redemption in Interwar France,” The History in Question: The Blog of the New Fascism Syllabus, April 2017.

A Postcard From Paris: Rejecting the Idea of ‘Civilizational Crisis’ after the Attacks of November 13,” North Dakota Quarterly, November 2015.

Discussing Fascism in France, H-France Salon Discussion Forum, Vol. 6, Issue 11, 2014