Her research and publications focus on the intersections between digital technology and society. This includes research on network theories, digitally-mediated social relations, mobile communication, social media, social network sites, social media and disaster communication, and digital inequalities.
She holds a PhD in Communication (Sapienza University, Rome) and is currently Associate Professor of Sociology of Culture and Communication in the Department of Humanities, LUMSA University, Rome. Previously, she has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication and Social Research (CORIS), Sapienza University of Rome.
She has taught internet studies, social media management, globalization and new media, online journalism, interactive system design, computer-mediated communication and sociology of communication.
She is a member of the Teaching College Board for the PhD in Communication at CORIS Department, Sapienza University.
She is the principal investigator of “SHAKE networks: the role of social media in emergency communication and dissemination of seismological research”, a designated Research Project of Relevant National Interest funded by the Italian Ministry of Education, running from 2014 to 2017.
Email: f.comunello (at) lumsa (dot) it
Alternative email: francescacomunello (at) gmail (dot) com