Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Communication Arts/Theatre
Degrees: B.A., University of Minnesota; Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Office: VCCA 306
Others by Appointment
Joe Tompkins is an assistant professor of communication arts at Allegheny College. He specializes in the study of corporate media systems, especially film, television and sport. His work is broadly concerned with the public discourse around inequality (i.e., the ways we talk and think about inequality as a social problem). Recent work along these lines includes both scholarly and journalistic articles that consider the promotion of diversity in Hollywood, the neoliberal rhetoric of American sports, and recent public controversies surrounding the labor activism of college football players and NFL stars. He is also an affiliate faculty in Community and Justice Studies, and the co-editor of a peer-reviewed, open access film journal called Film Criticism, which features academic writing on contemporary film and media.