Dr. Federica Fornaciari

College of Letters and Sciences
Arts and Humanities

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College of Letters and Sciences
(858) 642-8486

Dr. Federica Fornaciari

Dr. Federica Fornaciari is a full-time assistant professor in the Department of Arts and Humanities at National University in La Jolla, California. She received a Master of Arts in journalism and mass communication from Marshall University, and a doctorate in communication with a concentration in electronic security and privacy from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Her dissertation titled, “Privacy Frames: How the Media Write About, Discuss, and Afford Privacy,” develops longitudinal discourse and content analyses of the North American mainstream media framing of privacy in the last century. During her doctoral degree at UIC, Federica received an IGERT fellowship from the National Science Foundation. She also worked as visiting scholar at the University of Copenhagen and at the ITU Copenhagen (Denmark).

Federica teaches a variety of classes, including: intercultural communication, interpersonal communication, interactive storytelling, communication in the global environment, and the capstone project for the MA in strategic communications. Combining creative work and scholarship in media studies, social media, privacy, security, and interpersonal communication, she provides students with the theoretical and practical tools necessary to unpack the complexity of a multifaceted communication environment.

Recent Publications
Fornaciari, F. & Goldman, L. (2018). Has Hillary Clinton Shifted the Media Narrative of Women in Leadership? In A. Trier-Bieniek (Ed.), The Politics of Gender. Brill. Available online at https://brill.com/view/title/39113
Fornaciari, F. (2018). What is Privacy Anyway? A Longitudinal Analysis of Media Frames of Privacy. Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy, 3(1), pp. 8-20. Available online at https://journals.ala.org/index.php/jifp/article/view/6414
Fornaciari, F., & Goldman, L. (2016). Framing the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election: One Story, Many Crosscultural Tales. Teaching Media Quarterly, 4(2).
Fornaciari, F. (2014). Pricey privacy: The economy of information in the digital age. First Monday, 19(12).
Fornaciari, F. (2012). 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.