James Madison

Professor of French and Italian and Comparative Literature
Director, Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication
Office Location: 
630 East Pyne
Office Hours: 
10:00 am-11:30 am
3:00 pm-4:00 pm

Please call before coming to Professor Madison's office hours. Note that he will be on leave in the Spring.


M.A. in Politics, Princeton University

Ph.D. in American History, American University



This is demo content. Born into a prominent Virginia planting family, Madison served as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates and the Continental Congress during and after the American Revolutionary War. In the late 1780s, he helped organize the Constitutional Convention, which produced a new constitution to supplant the ineffective Articles of Confederation. After the Convention, Madison became one of the leaders in the movement to ratify the Constitution, and his collaboration with Alexander Hamilton produced The Federalist Papers, among the most important treatises in support of the Constitution.

Teaching Interests

Modern European fiction (French, Russian, Balkan); Jewish Literature in French; Translation Studies; formal and experimental writing of the 1960s and beyond (Queneau, Perec, Roubaud, and the Oulipo); nineteenth century studies. He also teaches high-level translation courses (French-English and English-French) from time to time.