Fabienne Darling-Wolf
Fabienne Darling-Wolf
Departments: Globalization and Development Communication, Journalism, Media & Communication
Office: 215-204-2077
Annenberg Hall, Room 322


Fabienne Darling-Wolf’s teaching and research center on processes of globalization and their connections to local communities and individuals. She has a particular interest in how these processes intersect with various identity issues, such as gender, race, class, ethnicity and sexual orientation. In her teaching, she strives to raise her students’ awareness of cultural and identity differences, to encourage them to become better journalists and, more generally, more conscious and engaged global citizens. 

In Darling-Wolf’s research, she strives to understand how individuals form impressions of the world through their media use and how transcultural power is negotiated in a global context. Her ethnographic work has taken her to Japan and Europe for extended periods of time.

Darling-Wolf teaches a variety of courses at Temple, including Communication TheoryGender and the American MediaJournalism and Globalization, and Qualitative Research Methods. She also led SMC’s Study Away program in London for two semesters and taught 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






Mass Communications

University of Iowa


Mass Communication

University of Texas at Austin



University 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.



Type of Award


Teaching Award for Junior Faculty



Top Faculty Paper Award, International Communication Association



Outstanding Faculty Paper Award, Global Fusion Conference