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. In Fall 2020, she will be joining the Department of Communication at the University of South Florida as an Assistant Professor. 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 manuscript in progress 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 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)

Institute of Communications Research

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign