Dr. Federica Fornaciari

As Professor in the Strategic Communications programs at National University, I develop and teach a variety of graduate and undergraduate online courses including Interpersonal Communication, Communication in the Global Environment, Interactive Storytelling, Emerging Interactive Media, Capstone Project, and Honors Thesis. I help students to refine the plans for their career path and best tailor the coursework to their needs.

Combining creative work and scholarship in media studies/media effects, social media, representation, equality, political communication, privacy, and technology, I provide students with the theoretical and practical toolkits necessary to unpack the complexity of a multifaceted communication environment.

Honors and Awards

  • 2018, Teaching Pair Project Award
  • 2010, CIPR Student Travel Grant
  • 2010, Student Teacher Award


  • Fornaciari, F. & Goldman, L. (2024). Gendered Expectations and the Framing of Afghan Women in Peacebuilding: A Critical Discourse Analysis. Critical Discourse Studies. 10.1080/17405904.2024.2331169
  • Fornaciari, F. & Goldman, L. (2021). Reframing Hate: From Disaffected Young Men to Domestic Terrorists. In I. Chiluwa (Ed.), Discourse and Conflict. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-76485-2_7
  • Fornaciari, F. & Goldman, L. (2019). The silver generation and beauty: does American culture provide models for positive ageing? Critical Studies in Fashion & Beauty, 10(2), pp. 1-29.
  • Fornaciari, F.. (2018). What is Privacy Anyways? A Longitudinal Analysis of Media Frames of Privacy. Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy, 3(1): 8-20.
  • 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.
  • 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 Tec.
  • 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): 217-229.

Selected Presentations

  • Fornaciari, F. (2024). Deconstructing Deepfakes with an AI Expert. National University Podcast. https://www.nu.edu/podcast/engineering-and-technology/deconstructing-deepfakes-with-an-ai-expert/
  • Fornaciari, F. (2024). Transforming Minds, Shaping Narratives: Integrating Transformational Learning, Critical Self Reflection, And Mindfulness In Teaching Strategic Communications Online (poster). 22nd International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, Rome, Italy, June 26-28, 2024.
  • Fornaciari, F. & Goldman, L. (2023). The Sound of Silence: Media Narratives and the Role of Afghan Women in Peacebuilding,10th Peace and Conflict Resolution Conference, Bangkok, Thailand, November 1-3, 2023.
  • Fornaciari, F. & Goldman, L. (2020). Age and Representation on the Catwalk: One Step Forward and Two Steps Back. 6th World on Media and Mass Communication, Cagliari, Italy, October 29-31, 2020.
Dr. Federica Fornaciari

Contact Information

Dr. Federica Fornaciari

College: School of Arts, Letters, and Sciences

Department: Arts & Humanities

Academic Program Director: Master of Arts in Strategic Communications
[email protected]

(858) 642-8486

Torrey Pines South Campus


Univ of Illinois, Chicago - PHD - Communication