Diana Leon-Boys

Assistant Professor

Dr. Diana Leon-Boys is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of South Florida. She holds a Ph.D. in Communications and Media Studies from the Institute of Communications Research at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Her research and teaching interests are in critical media and cultural studies, Latinx studies, and girlhood studies. She focuses on the global representation of girls of color in a post-network digital era against the backdrop of contemporary post-feminism and neoliberal frameworks. She is a leader and developer of the subfield of Latina girls media studies. Her book combines a critique of postfeminism, intersectional analysis, an exploration of girlhood studies, TV and film studies, media industry studies, advertising and promotional cultural analysis, and ethnic and cultural studies analysis. In addition to her monograph, you can find her work in the Journal of Children and Media, International Journal of Communication, Women's Studies in Communication, Departures in Critical Qualitative Research, Communication and Race, 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). Prior to her academic career, Dr. Leon-Boys worked at Univision Austin as both a community affairs coordinator and sportscaster.

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