Joe Tompkins

Professional Title

Assistant Professor


Hollywood, Media and Communication Policy, Media and Social Change, Media Economics, Media History


B.A., University of Minnesota; PhD., Universtiy of Minnesota.

Joe Tompkins teaches courses in critical media studies and political economy. His areas of interest include the economics of corporate media systems, theories of social inequality and class analysis, and he is most concerned with studying media as sites of institutional and ideological power. Tompkins’ current work explores how American sports finds its place within the context of neoliberal politics; 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. He is the co-editor of Film Criticism, a peer-reviewed, online film journal with over 40 years of continuous publication. In addition to showcasing cutting-edge academic research, the journal also features reviews of contemporary film and media.