Diana Leon-Boys

Assistant Professor

Dr. Leon-Boys is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of South Florida. She joined USF in the fall of 2020 and received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (2020) in Communications and Media. Dr. Leon-Boys is a critical media and cultural studies scholar. Her research and teaching interests include digital audiences, Latina/o/x media, Latina/o/x studies, race and gender in popular media, Disney, and intercultural communication. Dr. Leon-Boys is a leader and developer of the subfield of Latina girls' media studies and her work can be found in the Journal of Children and Media, Feministas Unidas, Girlhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, and various edited collections such as: Latina/o/x/ Communication Studies: Theories, Methods, and Practice (2019), Black Mirror and Critical Media Theory (2018), and Teaching, Learning, and Intersecting Identities in Higher Education (2011). She is currently working on her manuscript, tentatively titled Princesa of the Periphery: Disney's Flexible Latina Girl, which will be the first manuscript length book to engage a tripartite approach to examining Latina girlhood through a Disney narrative franchise. Prior to her academic career, Dr. Leon-Boys worked at Univision Austin as both a community affairs coordinator and sportscaster.

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