Ralph Vacca



Dept / Program

Communication and Media Studies

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Research Interests

– Design-based research
– Cultural studies
– Emotional health
– Civic engagement
– Education
– Critical design
– Data visualization

Courses Taught

– User Experience Design
– Data Visualization
– Digital Storytelling
– Digital Research Methods
– Intro to Digital Technology & Emerging Media


My work explores the relationship between technology design and culture.

My research sits at the intersection of cultural studies, learning science, and design. I am currently exploring the role of Latinx cultural practices on technology design and use; how marginalized groups envision the use of open data; and emerging sociocultural practices around digital wellness.

I am currently an Assistant Professor at Fordham University, in the Communication and Media Studies department.

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