- Senior Global Futures Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
- Professor of Spanish, School of International Letters and Cultures, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
- Graduate Student Representative, School of International Letters and Culture
- Director, Certificate in Latin American Studies
Cynthia Margarita Tompkins specializes in contemporary Latin American cultural production, especially film and literature, as well as in literary theory, and aesthetics. Tompkins' interdisciplinary publications Experimental Latin American Cinema: History and Aesthetics (U of Texas P, 2013, 294 pp), and Latin American Postmodernisms: Women Writers and Experimentation (UP of Florida: Gainesville, Florida, 2006. 226 pp.), underscore her interest in theory and aesthetics. Her latest book Affectual Erasure: Representations of Indigenous Peoples in Argentine Cinema (State University of New York Press, 2018, 357 pp.) alternates film analysis, contextualized with background on the different Indigenous cultures with chapters on the history of Argentine cinema, and closes by examining issues of land sovereignty. In addition to publishing a number of book chapters and articles in the most respected refereed journals, Tompkins has co-edited five books and co-translated two. Since 2007 she co-edits Imagofagia, the Journal of the Argentine Association of Film and Media Studies (ASAECA), and since December, 2020 Tompkins is the editor of Chasqui: Revista de Literatura Latinoamericana. Tompkins serves as Spanish Graduate Advisor, she directs the undergraduate Certificate in Latin American Studies, the undergraduate Certificate in Spanish Translation, and a summer study abroad program in Buenos Aires. She is currently working on a book on Poetic Film.
- PhD, Comparative Literature, Pennsylvania State University, 1989
- MA, Comparative Literatuce, Pennsylvania State University, 1985
- MA, Modern Literature (minor British Literary Corticism), Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, 1981
Tompkins, C. 2014. El último malón de Alcides Greca: Repetición y cine de atracciones. Studies in Latin American Popular Culture 32:97-118. (link )
Tompkins, C. M. 2018. Affectual Erasure: Representations of Indigenous Peoples in Argentine Cinema. State University of New York Press, Albany. ISBN: 978-1438470979.
Tompkins, C. 2013. Experimental Latin American Cinema: History and Aesthetics. University of Texas Press. ISBN: 978-0-292-76209-1.
Tompkins, C. 2006. Latin American Postmodernisms: Women Writers and Experimentation. University of Florida Press. ISBN: 978-0813030104.
Tompkins, C. M. and K. Sternberg eds. 2004. Teen Life in Latin America and the Caribbean. Greenwood Press. ISBN: 978-0313319327.
Foster, D. W. and C. M. Tompkins eds. 2000. Notable Twentieth-Century Latin American Women: A Biographical Dictionary. Greenwood Press. ISBN: 978-0313311123.
Gonzalez, E. G. and C. M. Tompkins eds. 1993. Utopías, ojos azules, bocas suicidas: La narrativa de Alina Diaconú. Fraterna. Buenos Aires.