Diana Leon-Boys holds a Ph.D. in Communications and Media Studies from the Institute of Communications Research at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) where she is currently a Block Grant Fellow and an instructor for the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies. Her research is situated at the intersection of Media Studies, Latina/o Studies, and Girlhood Studies. She focuses on the 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 dissertation combines a critique of postfeminism, intersectional analysis, an exploration of girlhood studies, TV and film studies, advertising and promotional cultural analysis, and ethnic and cultural studies analysis. Her work appears in Feministas Unidas, Girlhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal (forthcoming), and various edited collections such as: Black Mirror and Critical Media Theory (2018), Latina/o/x Communication Studies: Theories, Methods, and Practice (Fall 2019), Children’s Toys and Consumer Culture: Critical Perspectives on the Marketing of Children’s Play(forthcoming). 

Institute of Communications Research

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign