Diana Leon-Boys


Email: dleon6@illinois.edu


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

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. 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: Teaching, Learning, and Intersecting Identities in Higher Education (2011), Black Mirror and Critical Media Theory (2018), Latina/o Communication Studies: Theories, Methods, and Practice (Fall 2019), Children’s Toys and Consumer Culture: Critical Perspectives on the Marketing of Children’s Play (forthcoming). 


  • 2019-2020 Institute of Communications Research Block Grant Fellowship, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • 2019 (Spring) Teacher Ranked as Excellent by their Students, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • 2015-2018 Illinois Distinguished Fellowship, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • 2018 (Fall) Teacher Ranked as Excellent by their Students (with outstanding instructor ratings)
  • 2013 Outstanding Master's Student Award, University of New Mexico


  • LLS 387: Race, Gender, and the Body
  • MACS 101: Introduction to the Media
  • LLS 100: Introduction to Latina/o Studies
  • GWS 201: Race, Gender, and Power


Diana Leon-Boys