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Federica Fornaciari

I am a fourth year PhD student at the Department of Communication and IGERT fellow at the University of Illinois at Chicago. I have a MA in Journalism and Mass Communication from Marshall University and a Laurea (BA) in Communication from Universita' di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Italy.

Research Interests

My background is in mass communication theory and research, with a concentration in social media, new technologies, and political communication. I have focused my research on privacy online, social network sites, hypertexts, and use of social media for political movements. My current research interests involve self-presentation online, media framing of technologies, evolution of privacy issues, and political use of new media. For the future, I want to become a professor and researcher, focusing on the intertwining of privacy and new technologies.


Fornaciari F. (forthcoming). The language of technoself : storytelling, symbolic interactionism, and online identity. In R. Luppicini (Ed.), Handbook of Research on Technoself: Identity in a Technological Society. IGI Global.

Fornaciari, F. (2011), ‘Framing the Egyptian Revolution: A content analysis of Al Jazeera English and the BBC’, Journal of Arab & Muslim Media Research 4: 2+3, pp. 217–229.

Barnhurst, K.G., & Fornaciari, F. (2010). What’s so Funny about Politics? Political Communication Newsletter, 20(1/2).

Fornaciari, F. (2009).  Non ho letto il libro, ma ho visto il booktrailer (crisi dell’editoria nella società dell’immagine). Ticonzero, knowledge and ideas for emerging laders, 97.