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- Media Studies
- Latina/o Studies
- Digital Studies
- Girlhood Studies
- Gender and Sexuality Studies
- Critical Ethnic Studies
Diana Leon-Boys holds a Ph.D. in Communications and Media Studies from the Institute of Communications Research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 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. Leon-Boys currently focuses on Disney’s engagement with Latinidad.
- Ph.D. Communications and Media, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2020
- M.A. Communication, The University of New Mexico, 2013
- B.A. Communication Studies, Southwestern University, 2010
Awards and Honors
- 2019-2020 Institute of Communications Research Block Grant Fellowship
- 2018-2019 Teacher Ranked as Excellent by their Students (with outstanding instructor ratings)
- 2015-2018 Illinois Distinguished Fellowship, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
- 2013 Outstanding Master's Student Award, University of New Mexico
- GWS 201: Race, Gender, and Power
- LLS 387: Race, Gender, and the Body
- MACS 101: Introduction to the Media
- LLS 100: Introduction to Latina/Latino Studies
- Leon-Boys, D. (Forthcoming). Exploring Disney's New Latina Leader: A Digital and Discursive Analysis of Elena of Avalor. Special Issue: IGSA@ND. Girlhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 14(2).
- Leon-Boys, D. & Valdivia, A.N. (Under Review). Stuck in the Middle, Disney, Children, and Latinidad. Journal of Children and Media.
- Leon-Boys, D. (2020). America’s Favorite Doll?: Conflicting Discourses within the American Girl Collection. Book Review of Playing With America’s Doll: A Cultural Analysis of the American Girl Collection, by Emilie Zaslow. Girlhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 13(1).
- Leon-Boys, D. (2019). Book Review of In Search of Belonging: Latinas, Media, and Citizenship by Jillian M. Báez. Feministas Unidas, INC.
- Leon-Boys, D. (2019). "Decentering Latinidad through Audience Constructions in Dexter." Latina/o Communication Studies: Theories, Methods, and Practice. Lanham, MD. : Lexington Books.
- Leon-Boys, D. & Kristensen, M.S. (2018). "Race, Cyborgs, and the Pitfalls of Biopolitical Discourse in Black Mirror’s “Men Against Fire.” Black Mirror and Critical Media Theory. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
- Johnson, J.R., Mary Gonzalez, Diana Leon, Sally Spalding , and Tiffany Brigham (2013). "Daring pedagogy: Dialoguing about intersectionality and social justice." Teaching, Learning, and Intresecting Identities in Higher Education. New York: Peter Lang Publishers, 2011. 179-200.