Hi, I’m Ava Francesca! 

(But that’s a lot of letters, so ‘Ava’ or ‘af’ is just fine!” )

Professional headshot featuring young woman with long, dark green hair and oversized red frame glasses.
Photo: Jennifer Holloway | jcorinna.com

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. Timely Attire Co.

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.

Want to know more?

Check out the links below or my "Press" page for more.

 Peter Hawley and Ava discuss dressmaking, communication and Canada.

Vintage Inspired

Duluth News Tribune

Duluth woman mixes the old with the new in fashion designs

With an eye for Detail

Duluth News Tribune

Duluth photographer records forgotten urban landscapes