Fabienne Darling-Wolf

Fabienne Darling-Wolf

Associate Professor

Globalization and Development Communication, Journalism and M&C

Annenberg Hall, Room 322
2020 North 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122


My teaching and research both center on processes of globalization and their connections to local communities and individuals. I have a particular interest in how these processes intersect with various identity issues—such as gender, race, class, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. In my teaching, I strive to raise my students’ awareness of cultural and identity differences to encourage them to become better journalists and, more generally, more conscious and engaged “global citizens.” In my research, I strive to understand how individuals form impressions of the world through their media use and how transcultural power is negotiated in a global context. My ethnographic work has taken me to Japan and Europe (I am originally from France) for extended periods of time.

I teach a variety of courses at Temple including Journalism and Globalization, Gender and the American Media, Communication Theory and Qualitative Research Methods. I have also had the privilege to lead our school’s study away program in London for two semesters and to teach a summer program in Tokyo on and off for the past 10 years or so.


  • Global media
  • Europe
  • Japan
  • Hybridity theory
  • Feminist theory
  • Qualitative methods
  • Ethnography


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


Darling-Wolf, F., The handbook of Japanese media. New York: Routledge, forthcoming, 2017.

Darling-Wolf, F., Imagining the global: Transnational media and popular culture beyond East and West. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 2015.

Darling-Wolf, F., (Ed.), Blackwell’s international companion to media studies: Research methods in media studies. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014.

Darling-Wolf, F., “The ‘lost’ Miyazaki: How a Swiss girl can be Japanese and why it matters,” Communication, Culture & Critique, 9(3), 2015.

Darling-Wolf, F., “Nomadic scholarship: Translocal approach to audience studies.” In R. Parameswaran (Ed.), Blackwell’s International Companion to Media Studies: Audience Studies. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.

Darling-Wolf, F., “World citizens à la françaiseStar Academy and the negotiation of ‘French identities.” In M. M. Kraidy and K. Sender (Eds.), The Politics of Reality Television: Global Perspectives. New York: Routledge, 2011.

Darling-Wolf, F., “Negotiating gaijin beauty: Japanese women read Western models in Japanese advertising.” In M. de Rruin, A. Nowak and S. Abel (Eds.), Women, advertising and representation: Beyond familiar paradigms. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton press, 2010.

Mendelson, A. L. & Darling-Wolf, F., “Tell me a story about Arabs: An analysis of readers’ interpretations of visual and verbal narratives in a National Geographic story of Saudi Arabia,” Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism, 10(6), 2009.

Darling-Wolf, F., & Mendelson, A. L., “Seeing themselves through the lens of the other: An analysis of Japanese readers’ negotiations of National Geographic’s The Samurai Way story,” Journalism and Communication Monographs, 10(3), 2008.

Darling-Wolf, F., “Disturbingly hybrid or distressingly patriarchal? Gender hybridity in a global environment,” in K. I. Smith and P. Leavy (Eds.), Hybrid identitiesTheoretical and empirical examinations. Boston: Brill. 2008.

Darling-Wolf, F., “From airbrushing to liposuction: The technological reconstruction of the female body,” reprinted in B. Crow and L. Gotell, (Eds.), Open boundaries: A Canadian women’s studies reader. Toronto, ON: Pearson Education Canada, 2008.

Darling-Wolf, F., “Holier-than-thou: News of racial tensions in a trans-national context,” Journalism Studies, 9(3), 2008.

Darling-Wolf, F., “Getting over our ‘illusion d’optique:’ From globalization to mondialisation (through French rap),” Communication Theory, 18(2), 2008.

Darling-Wolf, F., “The men and women of non-no: Gender, race and hybridity in two Japanese magazines,” Critical Studies in Media Communication, 23(2), 2006.

Darling-Wolf, F., “Surviving soccer fever: 2002 World Cup coverage and the (re)definition of Japanese cultural identity,” Visual Communication Quarterly, 12(3-4), 2005.

Darling-Wolf, F., “Postwar Japan in photographs: Erasing the past and building the future in the Japan Times,Journalism: Theory, Practice, and Criticism, 5(4), 2004.

Darling-Wolf, F., “Sites of attractiveness: Japanese women and Westernized representations of feminine beauty,” Critical Studies in Media Communication, 21(4), 2004.

Darling-Wolf, F., “SMAP, sex, and masculinity: Constructing the perfect female fantasy in Japanese popular music,” Popular Music and Society, 27(3), 2004.

Darling-Wolf, F., “Women and new men: Negotiating masculinity in the Japanese media,” Communication Review, 7(3), 2004.

Darling-Wolf, F., “Virtually multicultural: Trans-Asian identity and gender in an international fan community of a Japanese star,” New Media and Society, 6(4), 2004.

Darling-Wolf, F., “On the possibility of communicating: Feminism and social position,”Journal of Communication Inquiry, 28(1), 2004.

Darling-Wolf, F., “Finding a place in the capitalist world order: Japanese women and the losses (and gains) of Western capitalism,” Asian Journal of Women’s Studies, 9(3), 2003.

Darling-Wolf, F., “Media, class and Western influence in Japanese women’s conceptions of attractiveness,” Feminist Media Studies, 3(2), 2003.

Darling-Wolf, F., “Male bonding and female pleasure: Refining masculinity in Japanese popular cultural texts,” Popular Communication, 1(2), 2003.

Darling-Wolf, F., “Negotiation and position: On the need of developing thicker descriptions,” in P. D. Murphy and M. Kraidy, (Eds.), Global media studies: Ethnographic perspectives New York: Routledge, 2003.

Darling-Wolf, F., “Writing women’s lives in media studies,” in K. Podnar, M. Pusnik and N. Senic, (Eds.), The bricolage of media studies. Lubjiana, Slovenia: University of Lubjiana Press, 2001.

Darling-Wolf, F., “Texts in context: Intertextuality, hybridity, and the negotiation of cultural identity in Japan,” Journal of Communication Inquiry, 24(2), 2000.

Darling-Wolf, F., “Gender, beauty, and Western influence: Negotiated femininity in Japanese women’s magazines,” in E. L. Toth and L. Aldoory (Eds.), The Gender challenge to media: Diverse voices from the field. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press, 2000.

Darling-Wolf, F., “From airbrushing to liposuction: The technological reconstruction of the female body,” in B. Miedema, J. Stoppard and V. Anderson (Eds.), Women’s bodies/women’s Lives. Toronto, ON: Second Story Press, 2000.



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