Fabienne Darling-Wolf

Fabienne Darling-Wolf

Associate Professor

All Listings, 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


PhDMass CommunicationsUniversity of Iowa
MAMass CommunicationUniversity of Texas at Austin
BAJournalismUniversity of Texas at Austin


Book ChapterDisturbingly hybrid or distressingly patriarchal? Gender hybridity in a global environmentHybrid identities: Theoretical and empirical examinations2008
Book ChapterFrom airbrushing to liposuction: The technological reconstruction of theOpen boundaries: A Canadian women’s studies reader2008
Journal ArticleGetting over our ‘illusion d’optique:’ From globalization to mondialisation (through French rap)Communication Theory200818(2)
Journal ArticleHolier-than-thou: News of racial tensions in a trans-national contextJournalism Studies20089(3)
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 Monographs200810(3)
Journal ArticleThe men and women of non-no: Gender, race and hybridity in two Japanese magazinesCritical Studies in Media Communication200623(2)
Journal ArticleSurviving soccer fever: 2002 World Cup coverage and the (re)definition of Japanese cultural identityVisual Communication Quarterly200512(3-4)
Journal ArticleSites of attractiveness: Japanese women and Westernized representations of feminine beautyCritical Studies in Media Communication200421(4)
Journal ArticleOn the possibility of communicating: Feminism and social positionJournal of Communication Inquiry200428(1)
Journal ArticlePostwar Japan in photographs: Erasing the past and building the future in the Japan TimesJournalism: Theory, Practice, and Criticism20045(4)
Journal ArticleSMAP, sex, and masculinity: Constructing the perfect female fantasy in Japanese popular musicPopular Music and Society200427(3)
Journal ArticleVirtually multicultural: Trans-Asian identity and gender in an international fan community of a Japanese starNew Media and Society20046(4)
Journal ArticleWomen and new men: Negotiating masculinity in the Japanese mediaCommunication Review20047(3)
Journal ArticleFinding a place in the capitalist world order: Japanese women and the losses (and gains) of Western capitalismAsian Journal of Women’s Studies20039(3)
Journal ArticleMale bonding and female pleasure: Refining masculinity in Japanese popular cultural textsPopular Communication20031(2)
Journal ArticleMedia, class and Western influence in Japanese women’s conceptionsFeminist Media Studies20033(2)
Book ChapterNegotiation and position: On the need of developing thicker descriptionsGlobal media studies: Ethnographic perspectives2003
Book ChapterGender, beauty, and Western influence: Negotiated femininity in Japanese women’s magazinesThe Gender challenge to media: Diverse voices from the field2001
Book ChapterWriting women’s lives in media studiesThe bricolage of media studies2001


TitleType of AwardDate
Teaching Award for Junior FacultyTeaching2006
Top Faculty Paper Award, International Communication AssociationResearch2011
Outstanding Faculty Paper Award, Global Fusion ConferenceResearch2006