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Ralph Vacca

Ralph Vacca



Martino Hall (LC), Room 716



PhD, Educational Communication & Technology, New York University

Biography and Research Interests

Prof. Vacca’s teaching and research focuses on participatory design and culture. His current work focuses on how participatory design processes can empower marginalized groups and restructure ideas about the importance of diversity and cultural inclusivity in design. He employs a mixed-methods, critical-empirical approach that combines the theories and methodologies of media studies, cultural studies, and human-computer interaction.

Selected Publications

Vacca, R. (2017). Biculturalism: Examining Adolescent Latinas’ Perspectives on Social Technologies for Emotional Support. Proceedings of the ACM SIGCHI Interaction Design & Children Conference. Stanford, California.


Vacca, R. (2017). Reconciling Cognitive Reappraisal and Body Awareness in a Digital Mindfulness Experience. Proceedings of the HCI International 2017 Conference. Vancouver, Canada.


Vacca, R. (2016). Designing for Interactive Loving and Kindness Meditation on Mobile. Proceedings of the CHI for Good 2016 Conference. San Jose, California.


Vacca, R. (2015). Media Literacy: Using a Game to Prompt Self-Reflection on Truth Biases. Press Start: Journal of Game Studies, 2(2): 20-34.

Courses Taught

PMMA 5106: Race, Class, and Gender in Media

NMDD 3020: Digital Storytelling