Fabienne Darling-Wolf

Fabienne Darling-Wolf

Associate Professor

Globalization and Development Communication, Journalism and M&C

Annenberg Hall, Room 341
2020 North 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122


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.


  • International communication
  • New media
  • Multimedia
  • Japan
  • Feminist theory
  • Ethnography


Degree Field School
PhD Mass Communications University of Iowa
MA Mass Communication University of Texas at Austin
BA Journalism University of Texas at Austin


Type Title Co-Authors Publisher Location Year Misc.
Book Chapter Disturbingly hybrid or distressingly patriarchal? Gender hybridity in a global environment Hybrid identities: Theoretical and empirical examinations 2008
Book Chapter From airbrushing to liposuction: The technological reconstruction of the Open boundaries: A Canadian women’s studies reader 2008
Journal Article Getting over our ‘illusion d’optique:’ From globalization to mondialisation (through French rap) Communication Theory 2008 18(2)
Journal Article Holier-than-thou: News of racial tensions in a trans-national context Journalism Studies 2008 9(3)
Journal Article Seeing themselves through the lens of the other: An analysis of Japanese readers’ negotiations of National Geographic’s The Samurai Way story Andrew Mendelson Journalism and Communication Monographs 2008 10(3)
Journal Article The men and women of non-no: Gender, race and hybridity in two Japanese magazines Critical Studies in Media Communication 2006 23(2)
Journal Article Surviving soccer fever: 2002 World Cup coverage and the (re)definition of Japanese cultural identity Visual Communication Quarterly 2005 12(3-4)
Journal Article Sites of attractiveness: Japanese women and Westernized representations of feminine beauty Critical Studies in Media Communication 2004 21(4)
Journal Article On the possibility of communicating: Feminism and social position Journal of Communication Inquiry 2004 28(1)
Journal Article Postwar Japan in photographs: Erasing the past and building the future in the Japan Times Journalism: Theory, Practice, and Criticism 2004 5(4)
Journal Article SMAP, sex, and masculinity: Constructing the perfect female fantasy in Japanese popular music Popular Music and Society 2004 27(3)
Journal Article Virtually multicultural: Trans-Asian identity and gender in an international fan community of a Japanese star New Media and Society 2004 6(4)
Journal Article Women and new men: Negotiating masculinity in the Japanese media Communication Review 2004 7(3)
Journal Article Finding a place in the capitalist world order: Japanese women and the losses (and gains) of Western capitalism Asian Journal of Women’s Studies 2003 9(3)
Journal Article Male bonding and female pleasure: Refining masculinity in Japanese popular cultural texts Popular Communication 2003 1(2)
Journal Article Media, class and Western influence in Japanese women’s conceptions Feminist Media Studies 2003 3(2)
Book Chapter Negotiation and position: On the need of developing thicker descriptions Global media studies: Ethnographic perspectives 2003
Book Chapter Gender, beauty, and Western influence: Negotiated femininity in Japanese women’s magazines The Gender challenge to media: Diverse voices from the field 2001
Book Chapter Writing women’s lives in media studies The bricolage of media studies 2001


Title Type of Award Date
Teaching Award for Junior Faculty Teaching 2006
Top Faculty Paper Award, International Communication Association Research 2011
Outstanding Faculty Paper Award, Global Fusion Conference Research 2006