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Fabienne L Darling-Wolf Associate ProfessorSchool of Media and CommunicationJournalism
Work Room 341 Annenberg Hall, Main Campus
Work Phone: 215-204-2077

Office Hours:

Spring 2013

Tuesdays 9:30-11:00 am
Thursdays 9:30-11:00 am


University of IowaMass CommunicationsPhD
University of Texas at AustinMass CommunicationMA
University of Texas at AustinJournalismBA


International Communication
New media
Feminist theory

Biographical Information

My teaching and research are part of who I am rather than professional endeavors separate from each other and from my personal life. The knowledge I bring to the classroom comes not only from my professional experience as a graphic designer and occasional free-lance writer, but also as an individual with strong connections to different cultural environments, as an international communication researcher, and even—more often than I wish to admit—as a mother of two.

I teach a variety of courses at Temple including international communication, gender and the American mass media, and ethical issues in journalism. In the past, I have also taught history of journalism, publication design, and the magazine “capstone” course, magazine editing and design. I also regularly teach two of the Mass Media and Communication doctorate program’s core courses (qualitative research methods and communication theory) and a six-week summer workshop in contemporary Japanese culture at Temple University Japan.

I was born and raised in a small French town, and have lived in Texas, Japan, and Iowa before coming to Philadelphia. On the broadest level, my work is concerned with the impact of increasingly global communication flows on culture and social organization. My research seeks to further our understanding, in particular, of how such processes intersect with issues of cultural identity, ethnicity, race, gender and/or class in both the production of global mediated texts and in their local consumption.


TypeTitleCoauthorsJournal or publicationDate
journal articleThe men and women of non-no: Gender, race and hybridity in two Japanese magazinesCritical Studies in Media Communication, 23(2)2006
journal articleSurviving soccer fever: 2002 World Cup coverage and the (re)definition of Japanese cultural identityVisual Communication Quarterly, 12(3-4)2005
journal articleSites of attractiveness: Japanese women and Westernized representations of feminine beautyCritical Studies in Media Communication, 21(4)2004
journal articleSMAP, sex, and masculinity: Constructing the perfect female fantasy in Japanese popular musicPopular Music and Society, 27(3)2004
journal articleOn the possibility of communicating: Feminism and social positionJournal of Communication Inquiry, 28(1)2004
journal articleHolier-than-thou: News of racial tensions in a trans-national contextJournalism Studies, 9(3)2008
journal articleWomen and new men: Negotiating masculinity in the Japanese mediaCommunication Review, 7(3)2004
journal articleVirtually multicultural: Trans-Asian identity and gender in an international fan community of a Japanese starNew Media and Society, 6(4)2004
journal articleMale bonding and female pleasure: Refining masculinity in Japanese popular cultural textsPopular Communication, 1(2)2003
Gender, beauty, and Western influence: Negotiated femininity in Japanese women’s magazinesThe Gender challenge to media: Diverse voices from the field2001
journal articleGetting over our ‘illusion d’optique:’ From globalization to mondialisation (through French rap)Communication Theory, 18(2)2008
journal articleFinding a place in the capitalist world order: Japanese women and the losses (and gains) of Western capitalismAsian Journal of Women’s Studies, 9(3)2003
journal articleMedia, class and Western influence in Japanese women’s conceptionsFeminist Media Studies, 3(2)2003
Book chapterFrom airbrushing to liposuction: The technological reconstruction of theOpen boundaries: A Canadian women’s studies reader2008
Negotiation and position: On the need of developing thicker descriptionsGlobal media studies: Ethnographic perspectives2003
journal articlePostwar Japan in photographs: Erasing the past and building the future in the Japan TimesJournalism: Theory, Practice, and Criticism, 5(4)2004
Journal articleSeeing themselves through the lens of the other: An analysis of Japanese readers’ negotiations of National Geographic’s The Samurai Way storyAndrew MendelsonJournalism and Communication Monographs, 10(3)2008
Book chapterDisturbingly hybrid or distressingly patriarchal? Gender hybridity in a global environmentHybrid identities: Theoretical and empirical examinations2008
Writing women’s lives in media studiesThe bricolage of media studies2001

Teaching Awards:

Teaching Award for Junior Faculty05/06

Research & Creative Awards:

Top Faculty Paper Award05/11International Communication Association
Outstanding Faculty Paper Award10/06Global Fusion Conference
Categories: Journalism
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