- Professor of Spanish, School of International Letters and Cultures, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
- Faculty Head, Spanish Section, School of International Letters and Culture
- Director, Certificate in Latin American Studies
Cynthia Margarita Tompkins, is Professor of Spanish at the School of International Letters and Cultures at Arizona State University-Tempe, where she offers courses on contemporary Latin American literature, film, feminism, and theory. She is the current Faculty Head of Spanish and Portuguese and directs the Undergraduate Certificate in Latin American Studies. In addition to her latest book, Experimental Latin American Cinema: History and Aesthetics (U of Texas P, 2013, 294 pp), she has authored Latin American Postmodernisms: Women Writers and Experimentation (UP of Florida: Gainesville, Florida, 2006, 226 pages) and co-authored a number of books on Latin America, including two translations. Her work on Latin American Film, Women Writers, Feminism and Cultural Production has appeared in the most respected refereed journals. Tompkins is currently working on a book titled Affect and Emotion in the Representation of Indigenous Peoples in Argentine Cinema (1917-2015), which has led her to focus on Indigenous Peoples and the struggle for cultural and environmental sustainability. Finally, Tompkins is the Editor of Imagofagia, the Journal of the Argentine Association of Film and Media Studies (ASAECA).
- 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. 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.