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 teaches courses in critical media studies and political economy. His research interests include the economics of corporate media systems, theories of social inequality and class analysis, and studying media as sites of institutional and ideological power. Tompkins’ current work explores how “woke” debates over Hollywood diversity find their place in the neoliberal context of intensified economic inequality.  Previous work along these lines in relation to American sports includes: “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. His research has also appeared in Cinema Journal, Journal of Popular Music Studies, New Review of Film and Television Studies, Popular Communication: The International Journal of Media and Culture, and Television & New Media.

Professor Tompkins is also the co-editor of Film Criticism, a peer-reviewed, open access film journal with over 40 years of continuous publication. The journal features academic research alongside reviews of contemporary film and media.