Diana Depasquale


Instructor, Ethnic Studies and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

229 Shatzel Hall

Diana DePasquale is an instructor in the Ethnic Studies and Women’s Studies departments located within the School of Cultural & Critical Studies. She is an alumna of Rutgers University’s Douglass College, where she completed her B.A. in American Studies. Currently a doctoral candidate in BGSU’s American Culture Studies program, Diana earned her M.A. in American Culture Studies and a graduate certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies from BGSU in 2012.

Diana teaches ETHN1010, Introduction to Ethnic Studies, WS2000, Introduction to Women’s Studies, and ETHN3030, Race, Representation, and Culture. In previous years she has taught courses offered through the Popular Culture and American Culture Studies departments such as Cultural Pluralism in the U.S. and Bisexuality in Film and Television.

Diana has been published in Studies in American Humor, and online at In Media Res. She is also a proud winner of The Moth Story Slam in Detroit. Currently, Diana is crushing (academically) on Slavoj Žižek and working her way through Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

Diana’s doctoral dissertation “Stealing or Sharing: Gender, Politics, and Perceptions of Digital Piracy” examines the experiences of those who upload and download television shows as acts of political resistance, bringing media studies into conversation with cultural and gender studies. The ways in which we watch television continues to change in our increasingly mediated social environments. Opportunities to steal, alter, and mashup digital content are increasing, and online spaces are emerging as sites of political resistance and alternative informal economies. It is important for feminist and cultural studies scholars to better understand how gender, race, and class impact participation in digital media, including file-sharing and piracy.