Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Communication Arts/Theatre
Degrees: B.A., University of Minnesota; Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Office: VCCA 306
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Joe Tompkins is an assistant professor of Communication Arts. He teaches courses in media studies and critical theory and his areas of interest include the economics of corporate media, the ongoing convergence of media industries (film, TV, music, internet), neoliberal politics and class analysis. Above all, professor Tompkins is interested in studying media as sites of institutional and ideological power—which is to say, as influential frameworks through which we make sense of the world.
Joe is also editor of Film Criticism, a peer-reviewed, online publication whose aim is to bring together scholarship in the field of cinema and media studies. With over 40 years of continuous publication, Film Criticism is the third oldest academic film journal in the United States. In addition to publishing cutting-edge research, the journal features reviews of contemporary film and television as well as of the latest books published in the field.