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Sociology and Criminology & Law

Raffaele Vacca

Assistant Professor of Sociology
Office: Turlington Hall 3344
Hours: By appointment

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  • International Migration (SYA 4930)
  • Health Disparities (SYA 6407)
  • Social Network Analysis (SYA 7933)
  • Methods of Social Research (SYA 4300)
  • Advanced Quantitative Methods (SYA 7933)
  • Introduction to Quantitative Methods (SYA 7933)


Areas of Specialization

  • Migration
  • Health disparities
  • Social networks
  • Science and scientific collaboration

Selected Publications

  • McCarty, C., Lubbers, M., Vacca, R., & Molina, J. L. 2019. Conducting personal
    network research. A practical guide. Guilford Press.
  • Vacca, R. 2019. Structure in personal networks: Constructing and comparing typologies. Network Science. (In press.)
  • Stacciarini, J. M. R., Vacca, R., & Mao, L. 2018. Who and where: A socio-spatial analytic approach for community-based health research. The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15(7), 1375.
  • Vacca, R. 2018. Multilevel models for personal networks: Methods and applications. Italian Journal of Applied Statistics, 30(1), 59–97.
  • Vacca, R., Solano, G., Lubbers, M. J., Molina, J. L., & McCarty, C. 2017. A personal network approach to the study of immigrant structural assimilation and transnationalism. Social Networks, 53:72–89.
  • Leone Sciabolazza, V., Vacca, R., Kennelly Okraku, T., & McCarty, C. 2017. Detecting and analyzing research communities in longitudinal scientific networks. PLoS One, 12(8), e0182516.