Caroline Campbell teaches courses on European and World History, including those on the Holocaust, France and Empire, and Human Rights. Her research interests focus on French history, with an emphasis on fascism, colonialism, gender, and women.
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 The Fascist Colonization of France: Colonial Violence and the Transformation of the French Republic, 1900-1945, is the first study to explore how colonial conquest influenced the rise of fascism in France. It focuses on several of the most powerful radical right leaders in France in the 1930s, and traces how they transposed the violence and hypermasculinity of colonial conquest to political situations in metropolitan France. In the process, they destroyed public faith in French democracy and paved the way for the establishment of the authoritarian Vichy government from 1940-1944.
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. It 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.
HIST 102 Western Civilization II
HIST 106, World Civilizations II
HIST 327 France and Empire
HIST 328 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
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
“The Battle of El Herri in Morocco: Narrative of Colonial Conquest During World War I,” Historical Reflections/Réflexions Historiques 46, no. 3, (Winter 2020): 9-30.
“‘Il est, en France, le symbole du fascisme’: François de La Rocque et les Croix de feu/PSF,” in L'Histoire refoulée. La Rocque, les Croix de feu, et la question du fascisme français, edited by Zeev Sternhell. 225-228. Paris: Editions du Cerf, 2019.
“Experiencing Colonial Violence From Below: French and Amazigh Entanglement during the Conquest of Morocco,” French History, Special Issue, “Colonial Histories From Below,” 32, no. 4 (December 2018): 532-553.
“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.
Fine Arts and Humanities Scholarship Initiative, College of Arts and Sciences, University of North Dakota, 2020
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
BA in History, University of Colorado, Boulder, 2000
BA in Education (Secondary Social Studies), University of Colorado, Boulder, 2000
“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