Diana Leon-Boys is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication and affiliate faculty in the Department of Women's and Gender Studies and the Institute for the Study of Latin America and the Caribbean 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).
Diana's 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 manuscript 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. 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, 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). Her book, Elena Princesa of the Periphery: Disney's Flexible Latina Girl (Rutgers University Press) is out now!