Hi, I’m Ava Francesca!
(But that’s a lot of letters, so ‘Ava’ or ‘af’ is just fine!” )
I am a second-year graduate student at Loyola University Chicago, where I am pursuing my MS Global Strategic Communication.
As a life-long traveler, I am fascinated by the relationship between communication and culture. I conduct mixed methods research that blends socio-spatial perspective, and communication theory, within the context of political economy. Much of my work examines advertising on public transit infrastructure and its relationship with the communities where it occurs.
My research agenda is inspired by the work of Darin Barney, Harold Innis, William Leiss, and Marshall McLuhan.
In addition to my studies, I also design, produce and manage a size-inclusive, body positive, women’s vintage reproduction apparel line called Timely Attire Company.
When I’m not ‘seamstressin’ and studyin’,” my interests include public history and industrial heritage(think “grains and trains”), rail-fanning, biking, alternative print media, and photography. I am also a Research Assistant at the Social & Interactive Media Lab (SIMLab) at Loyola University Chicago under the direction of Dr. Florence Chee, and Provost Fellow under the mentorship of Dr. Pamela Morris.
Want to collaborate? Feel free to shoot me a message under "Contact" or email me at abattocchio[at]luc[dot]edu.