Research and Creative Interests
- Visual Communication
- race and media
- Media Images
- Transnational migration
- News Media and Politics
- Political Communication
- Media Framing
My research focuses on digital and social media, political and visual communication and online journalism. Currently my analysis embraces three distinct but complementary paths: I am particularly interested in how media frame immigration and ethnic groups and in the empirical connections between verbal, visual and textual frames. I also study how media affect people’s perception and public opinion in relation to political debates and policies surrounding race and immigration. As a scholar and instructor of visual communication, I pay particular attention on how political institutions and political leaders use visual as a persuasion and propaganda tool.
During my time here at Indiana University I taught courses in introduction to media, design and production and visual communication.
Famulari, U. (in press). The strategic use of visuals on Facebook: A multimodal analysis of images and audience reactions during the campaign for the 2019 UK general elections. Visual Communication Quarterly.
(2020) Framing the Trump Administration’s “Zero Tolerance” Policy: A Quantitative Content Analysis of News Stories and Visuals in US News Websites, Journalism Studies,
Famulari, U. (2020). Defining problems and struggling to find solutions: Framing Roma people in Italian news websites. Journal of Italian Cinema & Media Studies, 3(2), 375-397.
Famulari, U. (2016). The Duce on the Screen: The image of Mussolini in the newsreels of the Institute Luce. Journal of Italian Cinema & Media Studies, 4(2), 249-265.