Federico Campbell was a writer from northern Mexico. Campbell is known for the short story collection Tijuanenses. In 2000 he won the Colima Prize for Fiction with his novel Transpeninsular. In 1995 he was awarded the J. S. Guggenheim Fellowship. Campbell translated works by Harold Pinter, David Mamet, and Leonardo Sciascia, among others, into Spanish.
Born in Tijuana, Mexico, Campbell was the son of Carmen Quiroz, a teacher, and Federico Campbell, a telegraph operator whose ancestors migrated to Mexico from Virginia in the 1830s. He has two sisters, Sarina and Silvia Campbell Quiroz, and one son, Federico Campbell PeÃ±a, who is also a writer and a journalist.