Diana Leon-Boys

TEACHING ASSISTANT

Additional Campus Affiliations

Research Interests

  • Media Studies
  • Latina/o Studies
  • Girlhood Studies
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Critical Ethnic Studies
  • Disney

Research Description

Diana Leon-Boys is a doctoral candidate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Institute of Communications Research. 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.

Education

  • M.A. Communication, The University of New Mexico, 2013
  • B.A., Communication Studies, Southwestern University, 2010

Distinctions / Awards

  • 2019-2020 Institute of Communications Research Block Grant Fellowship
  • 2018-2019 Teacher Ranked as Excellent by their Students
  • 2015-2018 Illinois Distinguished Fellowship, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • 2013 Outstanding Master's Student Award, University of New Mexico

Courses

  • GWS 201: Race, Gender, and Power
  • MACS 101: Intro to the Media
  • LL3 387: Race, Gender, and the Body

Selected Publications

Book Contributions

Leon-Boys, Diana Decentering Latinidad through Audience Constructions in Dexter Latina/o Communication Studies: Theories, Methods, and Practice Decentering Latinidad through Audience Constructions in Dexter Lanham, MD. Lexington Books 2019.
Leon-Boys, Diana, and Morten Kristensen Race, Cyborgs, and the Pitfalls of Biopolitical Discourse in Black Mirror’s “Men Against Fire” Black Mirror and Critical Media Theory Race, Cyborgs, and the Pitfalls of Biopolitical Discourse in Black Mirror’s “Men Against Fire” Lanham, MD Lexington Books 2018.
Johnson, J.R, Mary Gonzalez, Diana Leon, Sally Spalding, and Tiffany Brigham Daring pedagogy: Dialoguing about intersectionality and social justice Teaching, Learning, and Intresecting Identities in Higher Education Daring pedagogy: Dialoguing about intersectionality and social justice New York Peter Lang Publishers 2011, p. 179-200.