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, with a dash of industrial heritage and political economy. My research agenda is inspired by the work of Harold Innis, and Marshall McLuhan.
Much of my current work examines advertising on public transit infrastructure and its relationship with the communities where it occurs, in addition to the ethical considerations of incorporating AdTech into Out of Home advertising.
Recently, I presented my work at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) in Toronto, Ontario and was awarded the ANA Educational Foundation's "Alfred J. Seaman Award for Best Undergraduate Paper on Advertising and Society."
I am 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.
My commitment to service includes my positions as Co-Chair for Loyola University Chicago's Graduate Professional Adult Council (GPAC), the GPAC Representative to the University's Shared Governance Task Force, a member of the University's Executive Council on Diversity and Inclusion, and School of Communication Student Ambassador. Additionally, I am certified through the University to provide resources for LGBTQIA+, and Undocumented/DACAmented students, in addition to connecting students to resources for Title IX, sexual misconduct, stalking and dating violence concerns.
When I’m not studying, my interests include voluntering as a public history and industrial heritage tour guide(think “grains and trains”), rail-fanning, biking, alternative print media, and photography.
Up until recently, I designed, produced and managed a size-inclusive, body-positive, women’s vintage reproduction apparel line called Timely Attire Company. This project is on hiatus as I apply for Ph.D. programs.
Want to collaborate? Feel free to shoot me a message under "Contact" or email me at abattocchio[at]luc[dot]edu.