Joe Tompkins

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Communication Arts/Theatre
Degrees: B.A., University of Minnesota; Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Phone: 332-2307
Office: VCCA 306

Office Hours:
M/W 8:00-9:00, 12:15-1:15
Fri 10:00-12:00
Others by Appointment


Joe Tompkins is an assistant professor of Communication Arts with a PhD in Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society from the University of Minnesota, a program of cross-disciplinary research.  Professor Tompkins teaches courses in media and cultural studies, and his scholarly work focuses on how corporatized media systems (film, TV, sports, PR) operate within a broader framework of political interests and power relations.  His research has appeared in leading scholarly journals including Cinema Journal, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, Journal of Popular Music Studies, Journal of Sport and Social Issues, New Review of Film and Television Studies, Popular Communication:  The International Journal of Media and Culture, and Television & New Media.

Currently, professor Tompkins is working on a project that examines how media events shape public discussions around inequality, and how controversies in US sport in particular find their place in the political and ideological context of neoliberalism.  Recent publications along these lines include: “It’s About Respect! Left Neoliberalism and College-Athlete Activism” in Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies and “A Postgame Interview for the Ages: Richard Sherman and the Dialectical Rhetoric of Racial Neoliberalism” in the Journal of Sport and Social Issues.

Tompkins is also the co-editor of Film Criticism, an online academic film journal with over 40 years of continuous publication.